Above is a branch of a fig tree that we planted at least 10 years ago. It's never been very productive, but this year there are encouraging signs. There seem to be a couple of dozen little figs on it — many more than ever before. Friends who live down the road a ways told us a fig tree in their yard suddenly started producing a lot of figs last summer, after years of producing not much. I'm optimistic.
This is a sedum plant that we found here when we moved in in June 2003. The sedum was planted in a bed along the south side of the house. I replanted some of it in a big square jardinière, and it has come back faithfully every year since then. It doesn't flower until the end of the summer, though.
I'm not sure if this is an onion flour or a garlic flower. Whichever, it lives in a pot and has also been coming back every year for probably a decade. Should I pull up the plant and eat the bulb, be it garlic or onion? I guess not. It's just decorative.
Out in the vineyard, the leaf buds on the vines continue to develop and thrive. Before long, the vineyard, which is skeletal in winter, will be an immense carpet of green, with thousands of bunches of grapes hanging off the canes.
Years ago, we planted five artichoke plants. Three on them didn't make it, but two did. One is pretty small, but this one is huge. Maybe we'll actually get some artichokes from it this summer
By the way, today is a holiday in France — it's Ascension Day — and because it (always) falls on a Thursday, it means that a lot of people take a four-day weekend. That's especially the case this year, because the weather has turned out to be so warm and sunny. Yesterday, there were 700 kilometers — more than 400 miles — of traffic jams observed on the main highways in France. I'm just a glad to be staying at home.