...and a middle-aged woman's fancy turns to ... plants.
The dirt you see behind it wasn't dug today, although it will serve as the planting hole for this specimen tree. For the past several years it's been the Designated Digging Area. If your toddlers are digging up the yard, give them one spot and let them dig there, and only there. It's worked very well for us! Now that the kids are older their task will be to fill in most of the hole (currently big and deep enough to bury a Saint Bernard!) so I can plant my tree; if they want to dig they can work on the sh*tpile out back (the once-a-chicken-coop-and-then-general-dumping-spot, someday to be integrated into the yard as we sift through it over and over and over ... ).
..but the lilacs are coming out; their scent is already being released and it's heavenly! My two favorite scents in the world are maple-sugaring and lilacs; what are yours?
This is one of my favorite ferns:
And this is my perennial Begonia. It doesn't look like much, I know, but this is a total thrill for me: perennial begonias in New England, whee!