Sunday, March 23, 2014
First Signs of Spring
I've spotted a few red-winged blackbirds, the chipmunks have been sunning themselves on the front steps, and the snow has started to melt. Today, my husband noticed green shoots in the backyard. Last fall I planted bulbs. In an attempt to thwart our abundant burrowing creatures, I covered most of the bulbs with hardware cloth. Apparently my strategy worked because the ipheion were sprouting through the hardware cloth. Today, although the temperature is 21oF and much of the yard is still under snow, I started gardening. I removed all of hardware cloth I could find. (Some is still buried under snow.) The ipheion are coming up like gangbusters, the anemones have pink shoots, and the chionodoxa are sprouting. I saw no signs yet of the scilla or the bluebells, but the snowdrops are blooming.