“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.” ~ Barbara Winkler
Garden Bloggers Harvest Day
I am quickly joining in with Christine and Barbara@The Gardening Blog for their Garden Bloggers Harvest Day (GBHD). I have been growing lettuces, herbs and starting some annual flowers in my basement under grow lights and on heat mats. We certainly did get some wonderful salads but soon we will be done with inside lettuce and be starting lettuces outside.
Lots of viola, pansies, alyssum and petunias germinating in the basement. Looking forward to seeing them flower.
Walk In Garden Challenge
Carolyn@This Grandmother’s Garden hosts a garden walk meme happening at the beginning of the month. As I have not been out too much I share this photo of the winter trees and sky in my garden.
I am also doing a bit of Tree Following with Lucy@Loose and Leafy. These are my ash trees above. Below is my beloved ash stump. As you can see, the bark is peeling naturally while the moss and fungus are still going strong through winter.
Gardens Eye Verse
I am celebrating the rise of a few brave crocus in my garden this late February/early March, and a wonderful surprise. Last Monday as I was gazing at the flock of European starlings, a bird flew to the arbor. I gasped and shouted, “Oh my God, it’s a red-winged blackbird, where’s my camera”. Of course he didn’t stick around close enough for me to get a picture, but I will eventually. These birds are truly a sign of spring here in our area. And this guy was with a mixed flock of starlings, and a grackle or two. I am joining in to a new meme Nature Notes@ Rambling Woods. I hope you enjoy my two original poems:
with shouts of joy!
A youthful gladness-
A black silhouette high in a tree
Memories harken to summer
Hush. No it couldn’t be!
While the snowflakes still fall and the cold wind blows
It must be too soon
Come closer-I must know.
A tell-tale sign, it’s easy to spy
stretch of wing, flash of red
A harbinger indeed oh have you heard
shout for joy, spring is here
With the return of the red-winged black bird.
***Poems written by Donna Donabella and are copyrighted.
I hope you will join me for a very special new meme, Seasonal Celebrations. How do you celebrate the new season? Are there special flowers or special celebrations you attend or create? It can be anything you want it to be. And it seems so appropriate to collaborate with Beth and her Garden Lessons Learned meme. What lessons have you learned this past season of winter here in the North and summer in the South. Then tell us about your wishes, desires and dreams for the 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 solstice or equinox. And we will keep those posts linked on a page on our blog. Your post should be linked in the weekend before the solstice to give us enough time to include your post in our summary posts. And if you link in a bit late, never fear we will include it on the special blog page.
The pictures here can be used in your post, or add the widgets to your blog. My widget, Seasonal Celebrations, is pictured above. You can grab the code at the bottom of my sidebar. Hopefully the code should work. It is a painting (done digitally) of my pond. Beth’s widget, pictured here, is available on her blog. So won’t you join in the celebration!!
Next up on the blog: This Friday I will highlight another favorite native plant as part of my Simply The Best series with Diana@ Elephant’s Eye. I will have the last 2 color posts in March in time for GBBD, yellow, and Wildflower Wednesday, green. I also will be looking at a favorite spring flower as I join Stacy@Microcosm‘s challenge to look at a plant in different ways. And don’t forget to join Beth@PlantPostings for Garden Lessons Learned and me for Seasonal Celebrations.
Please join me for my weekly posts, every Tuesday, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. I’ll be highlighting Favorite Native Flowering Shrubs.
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