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. By 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.
And below is the front yard, dressed in dull shades of brown and beige.
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:Inside the house David has started onions, parsley, and spinach:Here is a close-up of the parsley seedlings:Outside 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.And Mr Fluff coming over to see us:My 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!