Monday, March 31, 2008

Rain, rain, flooding.

The river is very high! And we might get 2 inches today. At least it's rain, and not snow :-)

I keep walking around the garden, so I see each millimeter that the crocus's have grown in the past day --I love to do this, even though there are only tiny changes. I find it very exciting to see the first tips, then the yellow and purple flower tips, and there always seem to be things coming up that I can't remember. This fall I need to plant more bulbs, actually. I should have done this in the new part of the garden last fall, because it's much easier to get the bulbs in when there are no perennials yet. But there should still be room.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cleaning up

Well, we've had two warmish days (50 - 52 degrees) and that meant we had to get out into the garden --it's like there's a magnet out there, pulling you outside after such a long winter. I got some of last years plants cut down, and I managed to prune the wild rose a bit. There's more to do, but it's fun to do it slowly.

So far we have four purple crocus blooming in the east bed --always the first. There are crocus just showing their shoots in the birch bed, but that's about it. The back bed is still soaking wet and half frozen --it's in shade a lot this time of year, so it always takes it awhile to warm up.

Tomorrow we're expecting freezing rain and more snow --ah, March, the cruelest month!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring snowstorm :-(

Yesterday we got 5 inches of snow. It is melting, but I'm just tired of winter. The robins are back in hiding, and the goldfinches and cardinals are permanently perched on the feeders, trying to stay warm and fed.

I've just ordered a couple more plants for the garden, and Rob brought home some flowers from the grocery store. We all want spring.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Spring, spring, spring!

Finally, a robin in my own backyard. March 17th is pretty late, but maybe that means spring will hurry.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

No sign of spring yet.

It is March 13th. The snow pack (ice-pack, really) is slowly melting, but there is enough left to keep the air chilly. In previous years I've seen robins by now, and red-winged blackbirds, but no sign of either yet. If we could get rid of this ice, then the ground might warm enough to provide bugs and worms as robin food.

Still, it shouldn't be long now. It's been in the 40's the last few days. It's supposed to go back into the 30's for highs over the weekend, but we're also expecting a fairly large rain event. Perhaps that will get rid of the last of this ice.