favorite sounds

 
 
As I go to bed, I am listening out the window to rain falling after a nice spring day in the garden. One of my favorite sounds. I can just imagine the plants growing and the soil drinking in the moisture.
 

 
 
The swallows have arrived!
 

 
 
March 31 is the full sap moon. I think sap ran early this year and is past by now in my area. But it’s a beautiful full blue moon to light up the Easter eve.
 

spring is here – a Good Friday

 
 
The peepers (little yellowish wetland frogs) started singing tonight! The song of spring. They don’t start up gradually. About 4 pm today, they started in full chorus, peeping away.
 

a little more spring ….

 
 
We only got a dusting of snow from the storm yesterday. Today the sun is shining. I was listening to the chickadees singing their spring song for the first time – dee-dee. We have a couple patches of bare ground in the yard. The warmest areas. And some spring blue bells are starting to inch up. The hellebore and snow drops are still covered, but it’s nice to feel a little bit of spring.
 

 
 
In stormy fashion Ends the dark season; The wind’s in a passion Out of all reason. Winter, so loth to go, Howls, spitting out the snow, Like froth of madness. ~Danske Dandridge, “The End of Winter,” 1902
 

Mom’s garden during ANOTHER March nor’easter

 
 
Arrgh! (Or as my sister wrote, AYFKM!!?) We’re in the middle of our third nor’easter in 10 days. The first was 2 inches of heavy rain with very high winds and lot’s of coastal flooding. The second was about 8 inches of very heavy wet snow that brought down lots of trees. This one is a blizzard that will give us 2 feet of fluffy snow with high winds. Some years, I’m out planting peas about now.
 

March nor’easter aftermath

 
 
  Here’s the aftermath of the nor’easter we had last night. Eight inches of very heavy wet snow piled onto the trees and brought down many branches, including two huge ones from my beautiful Carolina silver bell that landed on my chicken coop. No damage to the coop but it took a lot of effort to clear and burn the fallen wood. I had built a lean-to over my new little lettuce tunnel and the plants look just fine underneath.  
 

 
 
I just looked up when I’ve first heard red winged blackbirds around here in the spring over the past few years. I think it shows a trend: 2018 February 25 2016 March 5 2015 March 27 2009 April 9
 

spring red winged blackbirds

 
 
The red winged blackbirds are a full month early this year!!! I saw a small flock of 4 or so males at a nearby pond a few days ago and have been listening to them (cookalokooo) from my window today. We’re having the warmest February on record here. I don’t see much spring going on with the trees and bushes outside. but the birds are reflecting the warmth. I’m tempted to plant peas now. My soil is workable. The old saying is to plant peas when the female red winged…
 
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