Easter Ramble

I was able to use my beaver-chewed walking stick for the first time this year last weekend.

starting out

starting out

We walked a big loop around the woods. The first stop was the old ash tree.

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Then we went to visit the ancient maple tree.007Here I am standing next to it.008From there we headed across a little stream, through thickets of dogwood, and then into the ironwood grove at the eastern edge of the property. Everything is quiet, nothing growing yet.013We saw lots of fungus and this sign of woodpecker activity:
021And another pretty fungus, which reminded me of a seashell:032We ended up in a pasture, where the late afternoon sun glowed on a rock covered with moss. I got in close for some artistic pictures.027

028I also took a picture of a lichen and moss covered rock:025Back at home we took a garden tour. Not much is visible. Snowdrops, winter aconite, johnny-jump-ups and crocuses are blooming, but that’s it. 033036I like this picture of the winter aconite, because it also shows a new leaf of a catmint plant. Spring is on its way!

Gardening season begins again

The first flower to bloom is always the johnny-jump-ups, followed closely by the snowdrops. We haven’t yet seen crocuses or other bulbs. I do so much shifting and overhauls in the garden that the smaller bulbs often get lost. On March 5 snow still covered everything, but we took the year’s first garden tour anyway. Mr. Fluff came along for the walk. 015By the beginning of this week the snow was mostly gone, and the garden emerged in its usual smashed, water-logged look. Below is the back yard.

Back Yard

Back Yard

And below is the front yard, dressed in dull shades of brown and beige.

Front Yard

Front Yard

Here is a picture of the northside lower garden:pine tree garden

And here is the new white garden or moon garden:white garden in mid march

But there are signs of Spring. Red-winged blackbirds came back to our neighborhood on March 10, and are now spread out on fence posts and tops of trees showing off their wing patches and singing to each other “my territory here, all mine here!” We have seen snow geese and Canada geese, and I think the other day I heard some killdeer. In the garden, spears of bright green, narcissus, are popping up everywhere:daffodil patches back yardInside the house David has started onions, parsley, and spinach:onion seedlings March 12Here is a close-up of the parsley seedlings:baby peppersOutside he has planted spinach, carrots, and peas. Tater and Mr Fluff love it when we spend time outside, following us around and watching what we do. Here is Tater in the front yard.Tater on pathAnd Mr Fluff coming over to see us:here comes troubleMy Spring Break is coming up soon, and I intend to spend some time out in the woods listening for more birds, looking for early wildflowers, and enjoying the earth waking up for another growing season!