3 signs of spring (2 good, 1 bad)

It’s nearly 60 degrees today. February’s not quite over, but it does feel like winter is gone.

Two more signs that spring is here, or nearly so:

Crocuses are in bloom
Crocuses are in bloom

 

lenten rose
So is the Lenten rose.

 

And we spotted that damn groundhog today.

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After the Deluge, Spring!

I was so excited to leave the office yesterday and have sunshine! And it was warm! It was still light once I got home, so of course I grabbed the loppers and started the spring clean.
Today was even warmer! Everyone has spring fever. I saw people on bikes, and neighbors came over to chat as I lopped some more. It’s the first time I’ve seen some for months, or so it seems. I’m planning Friday’s corn gluten purchase with one (it’s a good byproduct of corn syrup — a non-chemical pre-emergent!)
In the garden, it’s been wonderful to see so many crocuses in bloom–bright yellows, deep purples, gleaming whites, a few bicolors or palers ones. I don’t remember having so many, so I am hoping they are naturalizing and in a few more years I will have even more.
I saw a few mini daffodils in bloom as I was driving today. Ours aren’t that far along, but some are starting to develop flower heads (for lack of a better term) and could be blooming soon. Some are just stems, and a few speared clumps of shredded leaves as they pushed higher.
As I moved leaves off the soil, I found yet more peeking above the ground. The front bed was full last April, and I can’t wait for this year’s show!

I cleared away stems and flower heads from last year’s blooms on many perennials, and it is thrilling to see how much some have grown (those red-hot pokers!) or bits of green starting to come through. The deer have taken a few bites from younger irises and the centers of the red-hot pokers, but nothing major. Unlike the azalea bush, which barely has any leaves! That deer candy may need a new home.

This is part of the result of my spring clean:

The one bad thing: the neighbors and I spotted the first mosquito of the year. It’s enough to wish for one last deep freeze that kills them off.

Spring is really here!!

Last Sunday night it started snowing and we ended up with about four inches of snow. By Saturday it was 60 degrees and just about every last bit of snow was gone. Better yet, the first crocuses bloomed!! (Everyone we’ve told seems envious.) On Sunday, we spotted bees looking for nectar.

A true sign of spring
A true sign of spring

I don’t remember planting them in clumps like these, so I’ve decided they must be naturalizing. Excellent!

Besides plenty of pale purple ones, dark purple ones are out (under the lavender — need to move them),  a few white ones by the curb and one yellow one.

Daffodils are pushing up too! And a lenten rose (helleborus) is blooming!