One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns
Well we have made it through February, and with the start of March in the Northeast we look for any sign of spring….I mean ANY! The picture above is how most of February looked. But more on that later. I am 5 months away from retirement. It has been so CRAZY busy that I have had very little time for reflection, and maybe that is good. No time to think about anything but work. And these next 5 months will be the busiest. I am still on track to retire August 1st, and will have to get my paperwork in order by April. Oh well I have time.
Of course any spare time I have had, has been taken up with writing, blogging, garden planning, garden reading and some indoor gardening (seed starting). What else could I do this winter when the garden was covered by snow 90% of the time.
I have yet to clear enough clutter away in my house this winter to make a big difference, but that can wait until I am ready. Soon enough I hope to clear the clutter of debris from the garden as new blooms wake up and start pushing up through the newly warmed earth. Oh I can dream all right!
As I write my garden journal for February, I will be checking in with other gardeners and their memes to see what is happening around the world: Garden Bloggers Harvest Day (GBHD)@The Gardening Blog on the 5th, Salad Days@Veg Plotting on the 4th Friday of the month, First Views@Town Mouse & Country Mouse and End of Month View with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog.
Snow and cold and ice oh my! That is what February has been. We had a few more feet of snow In February, and now we are up to 14 feet and counting. The weather started to warm into the 30s and low 40s as the month ended…could we be in a shift to warmer weather? When days were sunny in February, the fluffy clouds made for some spectacular views both in the morning and evening.
I think it is especially hard to look at white for so many months. At least the other 3 seasons are filled with changes in color. Now we see nothing but months of white. I need a change soon.
This is my boxwood in the front garden sparkling on a very cold morning. If you are hoping I can show you something growing, forget it. Oh there are bulbs putting out growth, but they are buried still. I did spy some crocus leaves in some microclimate areas. Now if we just had some warm sunny days in a row. For now all we have is more white and frosty mornings.
Here’s zebra grass still looking interesting this late in winter.
This Summersweet bush looks like it has been coated with sugar.
I love how the snow looks so different depending on the temperature. Almost like dunes of sand or waves/ripples in the ocean.
Here are my veg garden plans for the 4 raised beds and many grow bags and containers….lots to plan to start indoors; veggies, flowers and herbs.
The pond is still in a deep freeze, and the meadow will not wake up for weeks.
The suet feeders have been popular with the Downy Woodpeckers who visited daily along with deer and the fox who gave us a fleeting view. Then we saw the woodpecker below. I was able to capture both with my new camera. He looks like a Downy Woodpecker, but he is a Hairy Woodpecker. Read my Beautiful Wildlife Garden post on the 5th of this month to find out the difference.
We saw these prints in the snow and are unsure who this might be. They look like a rabbit but they are small. Is it a mouse or a vole? The best part of late February has been the return of the red-winged blackbirds on the 25th which is a few days earlier than last year. They signal a shift toward spring here. YIPPEE!!
These are my new starter pots. I started viola, pansy, snapdragons and alyssum to put out in mid to late April. I decided to try a new planting medium to start the seeds. In early March I will be starting more flowers and veggies. Busy, busy, busy!!
Gardens Eye Verse
I am anxious for spring. Can you tell? Maybe my verse will give you an idea of how much I need a shot of spring and soon! This is a picture from last year as almost a foot of snow is still holding on here.
Seasonal Celebrations is a time for marking the change of seasons and what is happening in your part of the world during this time. I hope you will join in by creating a post telling us how you celebrate this time of year whether spring or fall or something else. Share your traditions, holidays, gardens and celebrations in pictures, poetry or words starting March 1st.
And it seems so appropriate to collaborate with Beth and her Lessons Learned meme. What lessons have you learned this past season of winter here in the North and spring in the South. Then tell us about your wishes, desires and dreams for this new season.The rules are simple. Just create a post that talks about lessons learned and/or seasonal celebrations. If you are joining in for both memes please leave a comment on both our blog posts. Or if you are choosing to join only one meme, leave a comment on that blog post. Make sure to include a link with your comment.
Beth and I will do a summary post of our respective memes on the equinox (the 20th of March). And we will keep those posts linked on a page on our blog. Your post should be linked in the weekend before the equinox to give us enough time to include your post in our summary. And if you link in a bit late, never fear we will include it on the special blog page (which I still have to create). The badges here can be used in your post. So won’t you join in the celebration!!
Next up on the blog: Monday will bring an early GBBD and my curiosity if anything will be blooming. Then it is another garden book review with a giveaway. Of course the arrival of spring will bring a whole new time in the garden. I am ready for the changes as I put on my garden shoes and kick into high gear.
I will be linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my most current post now.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
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