This weekend while sawing back Ceanothus branches that fell onto the patio during the December snowstorms, I glanced over and saw this:


Closer inspection of the herb garden revealed that not only were chives up and kicking, but a flush of tarragon buds have broken through the ground and last year’s marjoram plant — an annual, to my knowledge — is sprouting green growth at the crown. Which means that it’s barely Februrary and I’m behind in the garden. Already. Good thing the perennials more or less take care of themselves. Now to figure out the year’s flower and vegetable plantings.