Easter weekend

Yesterday started with blueberry pancakes and coffee–so nice to wake up with no alarm. And the robins are back in large numbers, along with redwing blackbirds, singing Spring back.

lazy Saturday morning

lazy Saturday morning

We’re thinking about buying a new garden cart–let me see if I can find a photo of it from the internet:

garden cart

garden cart

This picture is from the Lowe’s website. The cart is six cubic feet, steel-mesh bed with fold-down sides. We’re checking to see if any of our local hardware/garden stores sell it.

We’ve also been having discussions about our giant compost pile that we’ve been putting kitchen scraps in all winter, without adding any “brown” ingredients, and without covering it from snow/rain–so it is not composting properly. We’re planning to turn it and add a lot of old hay from the hay mow. This is what our breakfast conversations are like! At this time of year we talk mostly about outdoor plans.

double white amaryllis

double white amaryllis

Meanwhile indoors the amaryllis continue to bloom, and vegetable seedlings are sprouting very well.

broccoli and cabbage seedlings

broccoli and cabbage seedlings

I started my flower seeds yesterday–delphinium, rudbeckia, and hollyhock so far. We strolled around outside this morning. Snowflake was snoozing on the woodpile:

nice place for a nap

nice place for a nap

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Yesterday he enjoyed the bench under the apple tree:???????????????????????????????As we stroll around the yard we see lots of “pruning” work has been done by the deer, especially the hydrangea and viburnum. I got the rake out and did a little neatening, raking away leaves and dead stalks/stems. Narcissus and tulips are coming up everywhere. Right on schedule.

tulip

tulip

 

sleeping winter garden

In our area, March is really still winter. There are a few brave flowers poking up but mostly it is better to just admit that Spring is not here yet. This morning we took a garden tour, a morning stroll around the yard that we never miss in Spring, Summer and Fall. This morning I got permission to take a picture of David, who is extremely camera shy, to illustrate the fashion for winter garden tours–I was given permission to put it on the blog since his face was turned away!

garden touring in winter garb

garden touring in winter garb

So, what brave flowers are poking up? Winter aconite:

aconite

aconite

and tulips:

tulips

tulips

And crocuses:

crocuses

crocuses

narcissus:

narcissus

narcissus

and hyacinth:

hyacinth

hyacinth

The cats were as usual sociable, following us around the garden:

snowflake

snowflake

frosty path

frosty path

And yes, another sign of Spring–there are four new calves in the pasture, leaping around and enjoying their new legs. Here are three of them–and there are about six more still expected.

new calves in the pasture

new calves in the pasture

A few frozen garden spots:

telephone pole garden in the back yard

telephone pole garden in the back yard

north garden, full of tulip bulbs but still sleeping

north garden, full of tulip bulbs but still sleeping

And we have lots of vegetable seedlings indoors, but the vegetable garden is in winter mode:

veggie garden east half

veggie garden east half

veggie garden west half

veggie garden west half

 

First day of Spring 2013

Ten degrees out this morning. The stars were out when I got up at 5:00, and the sky was beautiful later when I went outside to feed the horses.

next year's wood supply, and the sun ready to come up

next year’s wood supply, and the sun ready to come up

The front yard is snowy again.

front yard garden

front yard garden

Looking west this morning at 6:30, I watched the sun hit the trees. Cold but beautiful.

morning sun--wake up, trees!

morning sun–wake up, trees!

The red-wing blackbirds are back but have been quiet–hopefully they’ll be OK through this cold spell.

looking north, a pretty morning sky.

looking north, a pretty morning sky.

 

 

March in the North Country–and still winter

The weather folks warned us at least a week ahead, so I had time to put the winter blanket back on my horse. I haven’t started gardening yet this Spring, so I didn’t have to do anything outside to prepare. The temperatures are supposed to go back up soon. The snow had melted a few days ago, and the view outside to the South looked bleak but vaguely Spring-like:

the view through the South bay window

the view through the South bay window

But yesterday it snowed. The front yard a few hours ago has a thin covering of snow now:

the front yard March 14 late afternoon

the front yard March 14 late afternoon

David is in gardening mode, however. He has 108 onions started–I think it’s hilarious that he knows the exact number.

baby onions

baby onions

He also has baby arugula, parsley, radicchio, spinach, sorrel and a few other things. Here he is yesterday thinning the seedlings:

thinning the seedlings

thinning the seedlings

a delicate operation

a delicate operation

I’m going to wait until April 1 or so this year to start my seeds. But I have been taking cuttings of some of my favorite indoor plants and rooting them in water. I bought a nice dark red glazed pot the other day and planted my begonia cutting in it–it’s doing very well, even blooming.

repotted red begonia

repotted red begonia