We’ve had a dip in the temperatures and even some snow, but the spring bulbs are ignoring all that. Robins, bluebirds, brown thrashers and phoebes are energetically digging up worms and bugs in the garden, quarreling over nesting sites. A whole flock of red-wing blackbirds spent a few hours in glorious cacophony in the tall poplar tree near the driveway. This morning in the 25 degrees chill the horses snoozed in the barnyard, soaking up warmth from the sun. We took a garden tour and I snapped a few pictures.
I was glad to see that the oriental perennial poppy made it through the winter.
The “found objects” also emerged from the snow–the little lego guy and his oversized, handle-bar-less motorcycle are ready for another summer:Narcissus are greening up the gardens everywhere:A young groundhog has moved into the neighborhood–the favorite spot of groundhogs, prime real estate: under the honeysuckle bush right next to the vegetable garden! I took a picture of her or his front door:In early summer 2012 in the back yard I built a stone-walled raised bed, and filled it with composted horse manure from the barnyard. I planted mostly red dahlias there–they grew like mad, as you would expect.
Last summer I planted strawberries and cilantro in it. This year we ought to have a good strawberry crop. Here’s the “strawberry tub” last summer:
I also threw in some poppy seeds and cleome seeds. By October the strawberries were drowned in a sea of green: