My Garden Today

 
 
It’s nearing the end of March and I have visions of a warm sunny spring with flowers and planting chores to do very soon. We have had dreary wet weather all winter it seems. Almost no snow, but many many cloudy rainy days. I look forward to the outdoor gardening season. My garden looks bleak right now, but there are nice greens under the winter covers and a couple things are growing in the unprotected areas. Soon I will start moving compost onto the garden beds (my husband rebuilt two…
 

Red-winged Blackbirds Return Early

 
 
It’s been a really weird winter. Hardly a winter at all. I’m hoping the wild flower seeds I winter sowed will get enough cold time to germinate. January 2023 was the the fifth warmest on record in Boston, Massachusetts and we have had almost no snow. Today we are making a run at 50 degrees F and Friday 60! Oh my. The good news for plants is that we have had plenty of rain (bad news for me is way too many cloudy days.) I like to keep an eye…
 

the middle of winter

 
 
I certainly feel like it’s the middle of winter right now. We’ve had 25 inches of snow in the past couple weeks, only a couple days with blue skies, but fortunately not too cold for having fun snowshoeing with the dogs. I think this is why Valentine’s Day comes at this time – it’s the time for chocolate and … well… hanging out with the special someone before you get all busy with planting, transplanting, growing, weeding, harvesting, canning, cooking…… Cheers to the icy season!  
 

a dusting of snow

 
 
A little bit of snow on my garden. I thought it looked pretty. It will go away soon as we are expecting lots of rain tonight. I don’t think we have had snow here since last Nonmember and December. What an unusual winter and spring.
 

red-winged blackbirds arrive

 
 
I was so happy to go down to my garden and hear the red-winged blackbirds had arrived. There were many of them all around the pond, singing away. I wish I could get a picture of them. A flock of Canada geese arrived yesterday and are adding their honking to all the noise. It’s warm 50F, but cloudy today. Rain is on the way. I like to keep track of when the blackbirds arrive. I’ve added 2020 to my list: 2009: April 9 2015: March 27 2016: March 5 2018:…
 

snowy day

 
 
We have a foot of snow on the ground now, very early for us. It’s still coming down. Very pretty.
 

another full harvest moon

 
 
Its a full harvest moon tonight. I’ve pretty much harvested everything for today by now.  Its chilly. Time to hang out inside. OMG old times with Neil Young! Harvest Moon. Come a little bit closer Hear what I have to say Just like children sleeping We could dream this night away But there’s a full moon rising Let’s go dancing in the light We know where the music’s playing Let’s go out and feel the night Because I’m still in love with you I want to see you dance again…
 

spring!!!

 
 
The first day of spring – one of my favorite days! I have 8 trays of seedlings planted so far. Some are doing very well. A tray of wild flower seeds I collected are taking their time to sprout. No problem. Sometimes these take 30 days or so. I am working on planting my tomato seeds now. A few days late now for me. I have the pots clean and set in trays.  I’ve pulled out the seed packets I’ll plant. Maybe I’ll have time to plant tomorrow morning. Tomorrow…
 

red-winged blackbirds return – a sign of spring

 
 
I was surprised to hear a red-winged blackbird today. Everything is snow covered and seems quite wintery still. I looked up when they returned to my yard in previous years: 2015: March 27 2016: March 5 2018: February 25 2019: March 12 I also looked at the site Journey North, a citizen reporting site. These dates fit with their observations. Some springs are late, some early. This looks like a pretty average one based on the blackbirds.
 

Happy New Year

 
 
Today is the first page of a 365 page new book, a 365 day new garden season. A new slate, fresh soil, new plans to make. May all your New Years dreams come true.
 
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