I see the spring light at the end of the tunnel, a little dim but still a cheerful light of hope. Snow still covers the majority of the garden but in the bare specks there are colors. Crocuses in the front yard bloomed nicely this year. Last year they became deer food. At least deer left the bulbs alone so they came up with a variety of colors. We planted a lot of crocuses in the previous two autumns to provide early spring food for our honeybees. Many of them became food for squirrels, chipmunks, deer and rabbits but the survivors continue to come up in spring before disappearing underground again.
Our back yard is still covered with snow but it’s melting fast with high daytime temperatures. Some tulips and daffodils braved the cold pushing themselves up above it.
And, look at the busy girls. Yes, we call them girls because the worker bees are all female and they’re like our children. The weather is warm enough for them to go out foraging and most of them came back with baskets full of pollen. They’ve also taken in water from the birdbaths.
Spring is here after all. Thank you Mother Nature for giving us a break from the Nor’easter in the last few weeks.
Today is ‘officially’ the first day of spring. That’s what it says on the calendar but in reality our garden is still snowed in. The temperature is hovering a little bit above 30°F and there will be more snow coming down tonight and continuing until Wednesday night. We expect a foot of wet snow accumulation added to what we already have on the ground. That’s why I say ‘officiallythe first day of spring on the calendar‘ only.
Plants in the little plot right next to the house have started to come up. Daffodils and irises the previous owner planted next to the garage are sprouting leaves. The Siberian garlic are braving themselves in the cold next to melting snow and will be buried again tonight. But they are Siberian, they should be fine. Rocambole garlic that I’ve been growing for many years are still staying comfortable underground.
Inside the house is another story. Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’ that one of my colleagues gave me many years ago welcomed spring with its bright red flowers. Still one more set of flowers from this bulb is just about to bloom. I moved them up from the basement as soon as the flower buds came up.
Hibiscus ‘The Path’ also senses the warmth of spring and welcomes it with a bright yellow flower. I found that the color is paler than when the plant is outside but it’s still beautiful and cheerful as all hibiscus are. I left it in the basement though, since it’s too big to be in the bay window with the other plants.
But, …darn, We’re still waiting for reality spring.
The Earth gives us sanctuary and sustains us in all things. Aside from being a provider, she is also a designer, inventor and teacher among many other things. She is kind but can never be tamed. That last is quite likely what saves us all from ourselves in the end.
Today is the official first day of spring but it has been snowing since midday. So far we have accumulated around two inches. I don’t mind the big fluffy flakes with no wind; very peaceful. However that spring itch has gotten to me. I started trimming the tropical plants in the basement and fed the ones I have no plans for transplanting to a new pot. It’s a task I do one month before I can take some of them outside for real sunlight and fresh air.
They seem to know that spring is coming. Many of them are pushing out flowers and new leaves. The ones that have been in a semi-dormant stage during winter are showing signs of new buds. Here are some ‘basement buds’ trying to rush spring along a little:
And a welcome mat from the windowsill: Moth Orchids
It was normal spring weather today, rainy and chilly as spring should be. After an unreasonably hot March, we finally have spring-like weather back. It’s been raining or drizzling on and off all day. I decided to roll the row cover back over the vegetable seedlings, though I knew they’d be able to deal with 40 degree temperatures. Howevert the cold does slow their growth. I want my salad sooner.
There was a brief period today when I could duck out with the camera without ruining it. Something about the silvery, shimmering drops of water that hang on to leaves and flower petals that is very soothing, very meditating. Nature stages them, I just took the photographs.
I had just come home from work at around 9:00 p.m. The weather advisory freaked me out…. frost warning! Shouldn’t I be freaked? It was 60 or 70 degree during the day a few days ago and night time temperatures have been in the upper 40’s. I had put some of the seedlings in the ground, the ones that are hardy enough to deal with 40 degrees at night. Some of them are even happy with a little cold like the little Sugarsnap peas. They were fine until tonight.
The wind has been howling all day and seem to pick up even more at night. The cold front is moving in from Canada and the temperature may drop to below 30 degrees. We were out with our jackets on and we still felt the chill. The poor seedlings need jackets!
Yes, at 9 p.m, we were out there with heavy duty garbage bags to cover rows of peppers, celery and sugar snap peas and weigh them down with firewood logs and stones. The Moonflowers that were just about to reach the trellis went in hiding under tall plastic soup containers that I have been collecting. Hopefully, they will not freeze to death.
We walked around the yard with a flashlight to make sure that we didn’t forget anyone. We took the solar fountains in as well, just in case. It’s better to be safe than sorry since they will freeze only once and not work again after that.
This is love. Love makes you crazy. Love makes you care. And, sometimes it seems it seems a little obsessive. But, I don’t mind being called “crazy” because I couldn’t let these little guys freeze to death out there.
Well, there is a way to reason this. I will have to wait a few more weeks before I can eat them, if I let them die. How’s that? It’s a good enough reason to brave the cold at 9 p.m. with a flashlight to cover them up. Oh, I will have to free them for sunlight tomorrow morning before I go to work too.