Monday, February 13, 2012

Almost spring



Today it felt like spring. I know it's not really spring, and there are likely to be many more rainy, grey days and maybe even some snow. But for today I can imagine that there is nothing but balmy days and sunshine ahead.

There were the usual signs that winter is on its way out. Snowdrops and aconite are busting out all over...


...and when I cleaned up last year's sedum (aren't the dead flower heads gorgeous?)...


...there were lovely new buds waiting to be uncovered.


Here's another sign that spring is on its way: for the next few weeks the pond is in the fleeting state between covered with ice and snow, and filled with emerging grasses and water plants, which means there are newly visible treasures just waiting to be discovered.


Look closer: can you see? This is the secret gathering place for Frankie's balls that go bouncing off into the water.


In the greenhouse the first leek seedlings are making an appearance...


...and Kim has installed this year's new and improved shelves: cedar, and they smell heavenly.


All of us enjoyed the sunshine today - the chickens...



...and the guitar-playing frog.


But here's the most definitive sign that spring is near: the appearance of Miss Comfort Queen herself, finally emerging from her winter-long hibernation near the wood stove.


Happy Almost-Spring, everyone.

7 comments:

Shim Farm said...

THAT DOES IT! It was -17C in Montreal this morning. This perma-frost MIGHT melt by April, and in May, if we're lucky, the first snowdrops and crocuses will poke through.

I am SO retiring to Vancouver Island!

jeanives said...

It was only 6C coming through the Grapevine Pass outside Los Angeles yesterday and a full on dust storm through San Bernadino. Calm and nice and the bosom of the family today in Palm Desert. There is nothing like the first sight of snow drops!

Doc said...

Happy Almost-Spring everyone at Mucky Boots Farm. Don't forget to stretch before you start all that Almost-Spring gardening.

Paula said...

Oh gosh! You have stuff started already? I'm afraid of starting too early.

Happy Almost Spring yourself, but it's not spring for me until the asparagus starts popping.

Lyssa said...

That looks so pretty! I miss living in a place with more winter. Not too much winter, mind, just enough to make spring exciting.

Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies said...

Miss Comfort Queen! I love it.

We call our one eyed pug "Maximum Comfort" b/c she doesn't get off her pillows for anything but eating food and going poop.

I'm also crushin' on your guitar playing frog. I'm such a sucker for concrete garden art.

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