We are still several weeks away from the official beginning of spring, but the past few days have been unseasonably warm. Mother Nature seems as eager as the gardeners to get on with the show.
The first crocuses are blooming, always the yellow ones first. They are sprinkled all over the property, courtesy of my kids and granddaughter.
Then the first spring beauties have made an appearance. In a few more weeks, they will carpet the lawn with their dainty white and pink-striped blossoms.
Daffodils and other bulbs are poking up all over the place. Fortunately, with so many varieties, their blooms are staggered over several weeks.
Finally, the rhododendron near the kitchen window is ready to pop. These large blooms will be a joy to the eyes.
It is such a pleasure to walk around the property, spy on nature, and listen to the chorus of peepers down by the creek. The warm days may not last but at least we’ve had a promise of spring coming soon. The garlic is up. The cold frame has been dug up and replanted with lettuce, spinach and kale. I’m ready!
Oh how I miss southern Indiana, when I could plant lettuce outdoors on Valentine’s Day! Still waiting for my first crocus here north of Muncie, but the basement is filling up with transplants. I’m ready!
We’ll see how the lettuce grows, Carolee. We’ve been having trouble with critters getting into the cold frame and helping themselves to the tiny shoots the past few years. And I sympathize with the seasonal lag. I grew up in central Indiana and lived for ten years in Michigan. I do like the early jump on spring down here.