“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.” ~Anita Krizzan
I firmly believe this or have to where I live as winter can linger and linger. We know March is a toss up and we write it off hoping for an April spring. But nature has a funny way of showing us that a more subtle spring is here. One that will take its time. Where we can see the clues to the transition that is actually occurring if we slow down and really look closely.
Pussy willows bloom from mid-February through March as the weather zigs and zags between spring and winter.
Birds return in the middle of snow storms like these red-winged blackbirds, a true harbinger of spring. They usually arrive with the Starlings, Cowbirds and Grackles (all black birds that migrate together in large groups).
For now it looks like this in nature. Birds all puffed out trying to stay warm. We have suet up all winter until about May, feeding the birds as winter rages again this week with another storm.
Soon enough the large piles of snow will be gone (probably early May) unless we get some seriously warm weather. And the ground will soften, grass will grow, the deer will lose their winter coats along with the squirrels and rabbits.
And I will be dreaming of starting seeds and watching for plants putting out new growth. It all happens so fast once spring truly gets going. And I don’t want to miss one moment. These daffodils were starting to put out new growth until more snow came. They will be frozen here for a while.
In the gloom and gray of winter last week, my husband brought home this wonderful vase of Alstroemeria. What a gorgeous dark red color. The puzzle in the background is one that has been sitting waiting for me to get motivated.
It is really brightening up my house along with the Christmas cactus we named, Carmella, after my husbands step-grandmother. It is likely 70 years old. I inherited it from my mother-in-law, Clara. The main plant had a small baby plant we named after Clara. Both have been blooming since Christmas non-stop.
With this lovely vase, I am linking in to the wonderful meme, In A Vase On Monday, at Rambling in the Garden.
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