The garden awakens!

I don’t want to jinx it, but this winter has been relatively mild.  I’ve yet to haul out my heavy winter coat for those frigid snowy days.  Why?  Well, there’s hardly been any snow to write home about and the temperatures haven’t dipped as low as they have in years past.  This is February for crying out loud, and we’ve flirted with temperatures in the high 60’s- 70 degrees F (20-21 degrees C) for several days.  I could easily live with winters like these.  As a matter of fact I haven’t been  whining to my husband as much as I have in the past about escaping to a tropical island.

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything come up quite this early, but the soil is definitely warming up and even though this isn’t officially spring time, it sure has a certain spring like quality in the air.  A few weeks ago the snowdrops emerged, definitely one of the happier little plants that announce that spring is imminent.

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Another cheerful sight that adds a splash of color has always been the crocuses.  These dainty little flowers bloom in shades of yellow and lavender with patches emerging all through the landscape.  On our walk today we came upon open fields studded with crocuses.  It’s definitely another sign that spring is around the corner.

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I have to brace myself from going all out and starting work in my small patch around me.  Re-connecting with the earth is therapeutic, affirming and promising.  But patience has never been my strong suit, so I sit and count the days when I can don my gloves and hat and embrace nature in all its glory.  The countdown has begun.  Are you as excited as I am?  What jobs do you tend to first after winter’s slumber?

 

 

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  1. I couldn’t wait so yesterday I sprinkled some nigella and larkspur seeds into the beds and borders, and I planted snow peas in the potager…all things I normally do when the first crocus blooms, and it turns out fine. When the first mini iris blooms, there’s another short list.

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    1. How lovely and exciting. I don’t believe this period of warmth will be here to stay over here, so I hesitate to plant any seeds. I just love larkspur in all the shades. Can’t wait to see your pictures and share some of mine. The gardening season is about to burst forth, and that warms the cockles of my heart 🙂

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  2. Kindred spirits, Loretta! I know exactly how you are feeling. We are enjoying a string of days in the upper 60s and low 70s here, too. It’s a delightful, early breath of Springtime! Your Spring blossoms are ahead of us, but we can see green shoots emerging. It’s so exciting! Yesterday I raked hundreds of pine cones from the grass in our backyard. It’s still too early to uncover my perennial beds, but I gently pushed the dried leaves aside just to take a peek. 🙂 Later this week, Winter will return and snowflakes are predicted. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Snowdrops, Loretta! It won’t be long now… ♡

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    1. Kindred spirits indeed Dawn. Mother nature is just lovely isn’t it? Heart warming and therapeutic spring time in the garden has probably got to be the best season for me. I know that feeling of gently pushing the leaves aside to take a peek…..I do that everyday, as though it makes a difference from day to day. I hope the return of winter in your neck of the woods is not too harsh. We are still enjoying pretty mild temps with highs predicted in the low 70’s for this weekend. I’ll take it. Have a wonderful weekend Dawn 🙂

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      1. Truly! Springtime in the garden is my favorite season, too. I just love noticing the little changes each and every day. Tiny green sprouts and leaves make my heart sing! I noticed tiny signs of Spring yesterday after six very warm days ~ but it’s only February and much too early here. So, I gently covered them with leaves, hoping they will stay warm until Springtime arrives. We are expecting snow tomorrow. In the meantime, I am dreaming garden dreams! Happy weekend, Loretta! ♡

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  3. Wow! Beautiful pictures and writing Loretta! I love welcoming the spring too….the energy of all the renewal around us is indeed assuring.
    We have some warm days too but have to wait until the snow melts. Hope the frigid days we had a couple of weeks ago do not return.

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    1. Thanks so much Sandhya. It seems like most of the responses on here have indicated a mild winter. I know Boston gets zapped with snow, but by the sounds of it, it was relatively mild there too. I hope your snow melts soon and you’re ready to don your gloves and shovel and get working in the garden 🙂 We have low 70’s predicted for the weekend. I’m always nervous that whatever is blooming now will be hit if the temperatures dip next month. Anyway, enjoy your weekend 🙂

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      1. Yes we had a blizzard the week before last and mild days now. we had a lot of snow during the two major snow storms so it will take some time to melt.
        Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Oh those photos made my heart swell! I just cannot wait for spring. I think I am as impatient as you are. I’ve just planted my parsley seeds indoors. Two weeks from now it will be the spinach and the kale. Must shop for some containers for my container garden, so that will be first on the list. 🙂

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    1. Love hearing how all the other gardens are emerging from their dormant state too. You’re most ambitious with your parsley seeds, I don’t believe I’ve ever started anything indoors, so kudos to you 🙂 Let me know what you are doing with your container gardening, I’m already wondering how I should change mine up from last year. Right now I have tulip bulbs planted in mine… that’s a first for my containers, have never done that before as the squirrels dig them up. But this time I put some netting over them, let’s see……

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      1. Haha. Well you must know by now that I am all about the frugal! I figured if I start indoors I would get a head start and more crop which will equal more bang for my buck. Maybe a little obsessive huh? Lol. Oh well. 🙂

        My parsley seeds sprouted as of yesterday morning (I admit i was dancing around in happiness when I discovered this at 6am yesterday). All the containers for the balcony have been purchased. Kale and spinach are the next seeds to plant on my schedule – next week, indoors. There – a little update for you. 🙂

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    1. Yes spring in England is lovely…..where are you now? I love spring here too, as we can start as early as March in this part of the world (mid-Atlantic). Oh the possibilities!……

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    1. You probably went straight from winter to summer in Dallas 🙂 I really enjoy spring, and now you’ll be able to enjoy the 4 seasons when you move back to PA, Sonal. You’re probably real busy with your home right now. Wishing you loads of luck. xo

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    1. It seems that no matter where we are, everyone has agreed that it’s been a mild winter….global warming perhaps? Spring definitely adds a breath of fresh air, I just hope we don’t go back to winter anytime soon. Thanks for stopping by Ronit, and have yourself a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Whenever you say you are experiencing the same temps, I cannot imagine that… I need to get my atlas out and check out Nebraska. But snow this weekend? I hope not Julie. Are you planning anything special in the garden for the upcoming season?

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  5. The crocus were always a delight to see pop up when the snow melted at our home in New Hampshire. Here in my area of Florida, our weather doesn’t change much from season to season. Winters are usually in the mid 70’s which are nice. I’m happy you have had a mild winter without too much snow…enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Karen, you’re right, it’s just lovely to see all the new growth pop up after the winter. However, winter this year was so mild, our bulbs are emerging in February. I only hope that next month does not throw us back into winter, I fear for all that is coming up right now. I must say I do enjoy the 4 seasons though, so much to look forward to. Whereabouts in Florida are you?

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      1. We live in Vero Beach…on the east coast. I know what you mean about early blooming, one year our apple trees bloomed too early and then had lots of damage from very cold temps. Enjoy your nice weather.

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  6. Spring is definitely around the corner! We’ve had nice warm weather for a week, in the 40’s and 50’s here. I look forward to tilling my new flower garden bed in my front yard and gather seeds and plants for my veggie garden. Before we know it, we can spend more time outside.😎❤

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    1. You’re right, in a few weeks, we will be scurrying around the garden, planning, pruning, planting…..it warms my heart just thinking of it all. I’m glad you’re experiencing warmer weather where you are too. Do post pictures of your new flower garden bed. I love seeing other gardens 🙂

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  7. You are so lucky having a mild winter, and we haven’t done too badly here in the UK either! Our lowest temperature was minus five, and that was only for one night! Roll on spring so we can get cracking outside in earnest. My first job will be to clear and hoe the beds after the ravages of the winter.

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