The snow did not hurt the crocuses. A number of them were about to bloom before we received the late snowfall. A miniature daffodil was blooming before we got the snowfall. The snow just insulated them. The daffodils are blooming,gain, once the snow melted and today we have four bunches of crocuses blooming. The snow did not hurt them at all.

In a mere four days spring arrives.  I usually start a countdown to spring earlier but this weather was unusually warmer.  The primrose and crocuses have bloomed.  The daffodils are next.  Pretty soon we will start planting pansies and other flowers.

March ninth was the first day this year we played Scrabble in our yard. We were in the middle of a heat wave for this time of the year. I counted seventeen wide open purple crocuses and today one yellow primrose opened with more on the way. I know the temperature will get colder and more seasonal but I am enjoying this burst of spring.

Spring is coming, Spring is coming !!! I am waiting for today and tomorrow to end. Then we get five days of Spring-like weather. My crocuses have eleven buds, and the daffodils are getting higher and higher. I know the cold weather this year was short, but I still remember those ice cold days we had. Spring is less than two weeks away, and I can’t wait for it to come.

A Harbinger Of Spring

Author: siggy

Some daffodils were poking their heads under the tree. This was a harbinger of spring. I checked the bed of primrose–no flowers yet.

My “monster” cactus in my den has its first flower. It is completely pink and measures from its tip of the stem to the flower six inches. The flower will last a day or two and then wilt. Such beauty! And now there will be two more flowers. And I will watch their development carefully.

The mums in a pot outside were flowering for a third time. There were white and pink and yellow flowers. My wife kept cutting them down after each bloom. It was November although they like the cold. The primrose are coming up in the garden. Although they like it even colder. At least one year they bloomed throughout the whole winter. There was no extended freeze that year.

The Violet Was Pale Blue

Author: siggy

The violet we took from the yard of my old house was pale blue and we planted it in one section of our yard. It spread and took over two sides of a walkway. I have never seen a violet that color anywhere. It is all a mystery.

It was a weed over two feet long. I had no idea what plant it was. It sprouted miraculous in a bit of dirt right at the edge of the garage. It totally amazed me that the seed took. Now it has a bud on the top of the plant and I am really curious what the flower will look like. I know the earth will take over if we disappear. In Detroit there are wild areas in the center of town where turkey and fox roam. All that fascinates me.

I was so thrilled. We saw a bush in the middle of a town that had not one but two monarchs hovering around it. It was not a milkweed plant; nevertheless we saw two monarchs on it in addition to other butterflies. We tried to capture the moment on film. It was so totally unexpected. I want to plant so milkweed on our property. There is some growing a few miles away. I just have not done it yet.

You can’t have a garden with out a gardener. That seems elementary. The first year I lived in Pa I planted tomato plants but did not weed or take good care of them. It was amazing I even harvested one. My wife loves gardening. I realized I had to help her. She has a bad back and pays for everything she does physically the next day. Each year I help her a little more. This year we have had more flowers than ever. I sometimes suggest where to put flowers. I also like to garden and realized in order to have one I had to put more effort into it. You reap what you sow.

My wife spotted the plant from the bathroom window. I had to go outside to inspect it more closely. She brought it to my attention. The plant lay below the window and had delicate purple bells almost like another flower we had in another part of the yard except the other one was white and these purple flowers shaped in a bell were longer although about the same width. Another surprise that day. Life is full of little surprises and all you have to do is pay attention. How that flower got there I will never know. Serendipity!