Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Other Shoe Drops

March 20th is the first day of spring. I exclaimed this while my Better Half and I were munching on breakfast yesterday morning. We both looked out the window into our backyard, looked at each other and started to laugh. It was snowing.

Last year at the beginning of March, all the snow melted away and temperatures reached into the upper fifties. This year during mid-March, temperatures warmed in the same way. The star of Bethlehem, tulips and daffodils broke through the ground. The crocus were blooming. In a fit of gardening withdrawal, the butterfly bushes were pruned! Then it snowed.

This is a good thing. I feel like I can let out the breath I've been holding ever since the weather turned spring-like these past two weeks. Although I do enjoy winter, this is it's last gasp before leaving us and spring truly arrives. I can't wait. Neither can the plants.

In addition to the above mentioned bulbs, there are other plants stirring on the lot. While poking around in the beds, I noticed the sedum, lilies, irises, jupiter's beard, lamb's ear, poppy, delphinium, bleeding heart and lenten rose all showing new sprouts. I feel like it's Christmas morning.

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