undaunted spring flowers

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. april 17 008We took a garden tour and I snapped a few pictures.

oriental poppy
oriental poppy

I was glad to see that the oriental perennial poppy made it through the winter.

tulip in early morning sunshine
tulip in early morning sunshine

The “found objects” also emerged from the snow–the little lego guy and his oversized, handle-bar-less motorcycle are ready for another summer:april 17 010Narcissus are greening up the gardens everywhere:???????????????????????????????april 17 004A 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.

dahlias in the raised bed just after planting
dahlias in the raised bed just after planting late June 2012

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:

August 26 2013 strawberry tub with cilantro
August 26 2013 strawberry tub with cilantro

I also threw in some poppy seeds and cleome seeds. By October the strawberries were drowned in a sea of green:

Strawberry tub in mid-October 2013
Strawberry tub in mid-October 2013

Here’s the tub this morning:???????????????????????????????

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  1. Michele Whalen says:

    You’re making me hungry with talk of strawberries Anne.

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