I am also eagerly waiting for the flowers to return to the garden! I miss the big bouquets of fresh flowers that grace my table and kitchen all summer long. These came from Costco, and they are beautiful and have lasted well, but by this time of year, they are an expense I just can't justify. For the party, I bought four bouquets and then broke them down into smaller bouquets. This allowed me to put bouquets on each table and on the serving table without spending a small fortune!We also had an egg hunt for the children, and as they hunted, I wandered through the orchard admiring all of the little buds starting to form on the apple and pear trees. I also said a prayer that the rain would stop so that these trees would pollinate! Last year, we had one pear on all of our trees, and almost no plums. One variety of apples did well, and the rest were a washout. The hoop houses are up, and the little vegetable starts will go in to the ground tomorrow. The long winter is over, and our time of waiting is almost passed. In six short weeks, the winter's rest will be a dim memory,and the days will be full and busy. I can honestly say I am looking forward to it, and am excited to gear up for another year!In the mean time, there are closets to clean out and paper work to catch up on, and a thousand and one other little jobs that need to be done before strawberry season begins. Plenty to keep me busy while we wait!