The two goldfinch feeding on my thistle were an harbinger of spring.  They fed for a few minutes until my dogs scared them away.  Every early spring they come in droves.  Sometimes there are over a dozen at one time, many on the ground.  Spring is still five week away;  but those two birds gave me hope the warmer weather was too far away.

A Preview OF Spring?!

Author: siggy

It was sixty-two degrees this afternoon four weeks into winter after having extremely frigid temperatures.  I quickly clipped three plants in the garden knowing the freezing temperatures were about to return and stay for awhile.  The “spring” weather was a fluke.  Anyway, I will enjoy it while it is here and be ready to bundle tightly up again.

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.

First Day Of Spring

Author: siggy

It was the first day of spring. I am waiting for the snow to melt from our late snowfall. I never started my spring countdown. We had that unusually warm February and then it got cold again. I could not wait for spring to come. I am going to check on our daffodils on the side of the house. They are one sturdy plant. Somehow a miniature daffodil bloomed over a week ago. Now it is covered with snow.

It is only three days from spring. This week we got a late winter storm. I am curious how long it would take for all the snow to melt. There is still quite a bit still on the ground and the next week it will be warmer but not too much warmer. Will all the snow be gone in another week. We will see.

Six days ago after I noticed the first bed of crocuses were coming up, now I noticed daffodils and the first hyacinths are also on their way. Now I am counting the weeks and days to spring and walking the garden every day to see what is coming up next.

I actually took two layers of clothing off when I was outside. Spring is two days plus four weeks away. I checked the eight day forecast–every day was the fifties and sixties. I could not believe it. We only had one extended freeze this winter. Is there any more cold weather in the future. And snow?!  What a warm winter so far!

The biggest discovery today was in my garden. One patch of crocus was about a quarter inch high. It is only February 13 today. Spring is coming, spring is coming!

For a short time all the trees were covered with snow.  It was April ninth and we had a “dusting” of snow–an inch or two.  It was not unheard of:  a snow “storm” this late in spring but it definitely was unusual.  The trees did not stay white too long.  I am waiting for the warmer weather to return.  And it will.  The forecast for my birthday less than a week away called for sixty degree weather and clear skies.

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.

It was an unusual slate colored junco–more commonly called “snow” birds. Usually you only see the white on their tail wings as they flick them but this particular bird had one side of its tail showing white all the time.  I noticed this particular bird for weeks.  It was about a week until spring and they migrate north so don’t know how much longer that bird will be around.  It seemed only a few weeks ago we had a large snow storm and slate colored juncos were all over the yard feeding on the birdseed I put out on the top of the snow.

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.