It’s been awhile since I’ve been home to be able to observe the garden. Here’s what I’ve observed: it’s Spring, well maybe not, no it’s Spring, well maybe not … Although the weather is warm today the wind blows like Old Man Winter and I fear for the chimes I’ve already hung in the garden. My hummingbird formula is cooling on the stove (I use a simple 4 to 1 ratio of white sugar and water, bring to boil) and I will fill and put out the feeders today. Just three days ago, a hummingbird was sighted in Scranton, PA and maybe they will blow in on this wind.
The-Wicked-Wind. It was snowing, then raining, now it’s blowing and I am just about at the end of my little string of hanging on. I hung three of these “crystals” in my favorite room – the back porch with the view of the garden – to catch the sun and prevent the birds from flying into the windows. They make wonderful rainbows – only we haven’t had any sun.
We haven’t had any nice weather, really. Honestly, I’m about ready to put the house up for sale, garden and all, and move to my “winter home.” So, I am just trying to do happy things like fill the hummingbird feeders, plant more seeds, make homemade guacamole, a stiff martini …
I only have the begonias that I cut down in Fall and stored in the (freezing) cellar and one tray of seeds in the greenhouse because the nights are still quite cold. But doesn’t this just make you go woo? I love these neat little rows that I’ll be planting up with flower seeds and putting in the greenhouse.
What I really have been trying to do is walk out into the garden each day and find something beautiful. I don’t always have time to post to the blog here at Violet Fern but I do post pictures on Instagram tagged “In The Garden Today” or on Pinterest on a board of the same name. It makes me get out in the garden and appreciate it in spite of the creather (crappy weather). Follow me there if you would like to see more than my sporadic posts. The Crocus are out in full force but not open – due to the weather I imagine. The Snowdrops are finally free of snow – they are so dainty and bring me joy. No sign of the Aconite I planted in the Fall but the Woodland Tulips are emerging. For the first time ever I had patches of snow mold in the grass – eeewww.
Well, someone out there must have heard me whining because the Chipmunk is out for the first time! That makes my day seeing that cute little critter stuff his cheeks full of sunflower seeds. He and the rabbit both survived the cat that’s been prowling my garden.