The cold may chill our noses and that ominous stripe of weak orange light across the horizon may presage more snow, but it will not stop us from a walk in the winter garden. ~Peter Loewer
Today feels like the first day of the rest of my life….literally! Because today my retirement officially starts. That is the retirement from my profession of over 30 years, public education. I wrote a post about the impending event on Vision and Verb. I am still putting one foot in front of the other, learning my way, and I hope to write about some of my observations and musings during this new phase in the coming months.
And yes I did schedule it perfectly given that March is the pivotal month for change as spring hopefully edges in and winter slides out. You can see by the photo above that the icicles were getting longer and longer as the sun was warming up in February even with temps barely above 10 degrees. I am celebrating spring in March, and I hope you will too by following this link.
When the first of March rolls around, cabin fever sets in, and my eyes need some outside color as we have been buried in white for far too long. I anxiously watch the thermometer hoping for snow to melt and bare patches of ground to show. My eyes play tricks on me thinking there are green shoots everywhere, and I anxiously scan the soil for any sign of winter loosening her grip. Just any sign that spring will soon be here.
But for now winter remains, and I want to update you on what has been going on here in my central NY State garden in the month of February. I am linking in with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for her End of Month View.
February was a brutal month. They are calling this the coldest winter in 20 years. Our temps warmed to the 20s on some days, but most days we were in sub zero numbers with a relentless barrage of snow. We caught up with our average snowfall passing it with least 10 feet so far this winter. At one point we had walls of snow piled up everywhere covering the patio up to the second stair to the house. Snow in the front of the house was over the height of the porch and almost over the snow blower at times.
And while the garden wears her covering of snow and continues to be stunning, there is little showing through it. But I know there is lots growing underneath. Recently I was able to watch the sunrise from my window, and caught a few beautiful displays. Here is the sunrise on February 28th, the morning after a night full of lake effect snow giving us another foot of white wash.
While there is not much to show but snow, I wanted to share some of the beauty I saw in my snowy February garden. I do hope you are not tired of these snowy scapes.
Sometimes the late afternoon’s impending darkness mixes with the dark gray clouds creating a bluish hue over everything. This was right after one of our day long storms in February.
Here’s the same view the morning after our last big snow. Everything was covered by what looks like, sudsy snow. It almost looks like the washing machine spilled soapy lather all over the garden. I love the look.
This is the meadow after the same storm. You can see how the constant snow has weighed down and covered most of the meadow now.
Here it is a bit closer. These are the little details in my February garden that I love to capture.
The morning snow glistened every morning with the first rays of the sun. I love the effect.
Can you see the sunrise on the pond? The pond is that first depression in the snow with the large grass on the left showing its outer edge. Towards the fence, under the lumps of snow, are the veg beds waiting for spring and new seeds to be gently pushed beneath the soil.
I have not even cleaned up the mess from last year’s garden outside or in the basement where many of the seeds were started. I will be cleaning up inside first so I can get ready soon. And I hope to have some time in March to do some outside clean up. But remember all that snow has to melt and absorb into the ground and that usually doesn’t happen until April.
During The Great Backyard Bird Count, I had some visitors stop by. There were about 12 different species which is pretty good given we have no feeders except one suet feeder this year.
The bluebirds were checking out all the houses giving me pause to hope that perhaps spring might be early and they would be building nests soon. They seem to be giving the house sparrows the message that this is their garden. I am sure there will be some interesting power struggles this spring.
This mamma deer and babe are frequent visitors at night. They were spotted mid-morning working their way along the side of the fence walking in the paths they have worn in the 3 ft drifts of snow to the back of the meadow where the wild area starts. They like the bushes there, and can be seen eating the wood on these spindly bushes.
I wanted to acknowledge two bloggers. One blogger is Christienne@Sho’ Nuff Sistuh’s Guide to Organic Gardening for nominating me for a Versatile Blogger Award many months ago. Thank you Christienne. I am very honored and will honor the award by telling you a few unknow things about me. And I plan to highlight blogs, especially newer blogs, throughout the months as a different twist on nominating other bloggers.
So what you don’t know about me:
1. I am the middle child given I have an older sister, younger brother and younger sister. And we are very close in age barely 1 year apart for the first 3 of us.
2. I was married for the first and only time when I was 40. We met at a bar and it just seemed to be kismet from that first meeting. We had our first date on the last night of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and have been together ever since. That was 1992.
More fun facts about me at a later time.
The second blogger I wanted to give a shout out to is Susan@As Long As You Have A Garden. Susan has started another special blog called, The Goodwill Seeds Co. - “Men and women of goodwill trying to build a better world.” As Susan says:
Becoming a member is easy. The most important thing is to plant small seeds of goodwill as you go about your everyday life. If you would like to spread the word and encourage other people to sow seeds of goodwill (kindness and compassion) then please display my link on your own blog. Yes, it will get me more followers and if I were the kind of person to brag, which I’m not, I would be happy. The real goal, however, is to encourage more and more people to plant their own little seeds of goodwill.
I proudly and happily will display her wonderful badge, and I hope you will too. Please stop by Susan’s new blog and become part of this great project.
The Wide Shot
Xericstyle is hosting this meme the first of every month, and all you have to do is post your favorite wide shot of your garden. I am still watching the view from my bedroom window surveying the entire back garden. Here’s what the end of February, beginning of March looks like. Still pretty much the same with winter still upon us.
Gardens Eye Verse
I hope to be joining Lucy@Loose and Leafy for her Tree Following. I am not sure which tree I will follow this year. I will continue to update the ash trees, and hopefully report on good growth on the many new young trees we planted. Then again, I may pick a tree that I find on one of the excursions I hope to take monthly visiting my surrounds more. For now I have a special poem about trees and my new adventures with retirement.
I Am The Tree
Erect I stand, strong of will.
Defying the wind, and all nature can swill.
I cast my eyes to take in the scene
While all around is washed white and serene.
The strength of my roots and courage in my stance
Will serve me well in life’s new dance.
Next up on the blog: Monday will be time for Lessons Learned and what wishes I have for yet another bloom day with no blooms.
I am 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 latest post.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.
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