We’ve had an unusually warm winter down here in Southern Indiana. The warmest recorded in 140 years! Very little snow but plenty of rain. The past week saw temperatures in the 50s and 60s. All of this warm weather has given a real push to spring. Today I took a little walk around the yard and this is what I saw.
First, several different kinds of crocuses. Over the years I’ve purchased bags of these in the fall and let the kids and now grand kids plant them. It is always a surprise to see where they come up. And some of them seem to travel from where I planted them many years ago. I really don’t know how they do that.
The early daffodils are always a welcome harbinger of spring. It seems the singles come out earliest, especially the ones that were already naturalized in this old homestead. We have doubles and other colors but they come out a bit later. Another “walking” plant as they seem to come up in the strangest places, not where I have planted them at all.
The forsythia jungle has grown from the three small plants that I bought end of season at the tractor supply center many years ago. About fifteen years ago, I had one of my sons dig up the resets and plant them along the road. The past few years they have made quite a showing. I hope the travelers enjoy them. He replanted some lilac starts, too, but they’re a bit slower.
This is a flowering quince bush ready to pop. I’m sure the sun and 60 degree temps will lead to an explosion of blooms real soon. The start came from my mother’s garden so I always think of her when I pass by.
After all the rain and mud this winter, we just had twenty tons of rock delivered for the drive. It seems that we’re always trying to keep up here on the farm, man against nature…and nature is winning.
The peepers are going to town down at the creek. I love this early sound of spring. Sometimes the beaver have dammed the stream so I can see a one acre pond through the trees. Fortunately, not this year.
I also spotted a lot of hazelnut bushes coming into bloom. They’re not real showy but they make a nice addition to a spring bouquet. I cut some forsythia branches last week and forced them into bloom. It only took about three days for them to come out and brings a needed touch of spring indoors. Check out this previous post for how to do this.
Tulips and flowering trees will be out soon as will the spring beauties and violets. And my husband prepped the cold frame for sowing some lettuce soon. Can’t wait.
Anyway, that’s the spring update from this part of my world. I hope you are seeing signs of spring in your neck of the woods, too.