Cheering on SPRING!

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

You know, it can get warmer any time now. I'm so tired of looking outside at my yard and seeing nothing but a couple remaining inches of snow. I know the official start of Spring is still a couple of weeks away, and that Spring doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be consistently warm here in Wisconsin, but...c'mon! A nice 50+ degree day would be nice right now.

So, c'mon, Spring!

If anyone in the slightly warmer UMW zones has buds or blossoms to show, please post them here to "warm" the rest of us up. :)

Middleton, WI(Zone 4b)

A nice gully-washer rain to get rid of the dirty snow and other refuse would be nice. A walk yesterday revealed by forsythia are budding.

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Sounds like we're about to get some rain tonight and tomorrow. At the moment, though, I see sun peeking through the clouds.

I'm off to a behind-the-scenes production tour at Ebert's Nursery. That should help curb the spring fever for a while.

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Look who I found cheering on spring in my yard today!

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Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

His friend over in the crab apple tree may spend the winter here, but he seemed no less happy about the prospect of warmer weather.

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Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

He decided to start to sing...

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I've got a lot of stuff poking out of the ground.. have not taken any pics though.

Agastaches, Monards, lilies, amongst a few.

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Nothing here yet at all. I still have some snow cover. :(

Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

Hi neighbors, I saw my first robin of the season last Thursday, he was good and fat too! The sedums I planted last spring are starting to peek out of the ground and the perennial sweet peas are coming up too. After the last snowstorm we had about 3 feet of snow in the backyard b/c of all the snowblowing and digging the garage out. I never thought it would melt but it's gone and I hope it stays that way! Weatherman says warmer this week, hope he's right.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Hi Toni -- we're almost neighbors. Looking forward to a nice week.

Bensenville, IL(Zone 5a)

Hey Chicago neighbors Terese, Toni. I just checked weather.com and it looks like we are in for a beautiful weekend! Hooray! Hopefully I can finish all my pruning before the buds open. I wont' start cleanup for another couple of weeks. We could still get more snow or hard frosts and I want to keep my perennial crowns protected. This will also give beneficial insects eggs time to hatch (unfortunately also some harmful ones too, but you have to take the good with the bad).

I cannot wait for the first daffodil to bloom!

Felisa

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I've done a lot of clean up... but there is enough 'stuff' around that if we are gonna get a frost, i can quickly cover perennials that have new growth. have not yet pruned my roses, and they are starting to send up new growth... may wait a few weeks... i like to bag up the clipping so critters dont step on the thorns -- and landscape refuse pick-up does not start until first week of April. though i'm really itchin' to get started. stocked up on bags already.

Hobart, IN

Great week here and almost 70 today but cloudy with a chance of showers later tonight.
Have snowdrops and crocus blooming here. DD took photo but not available to me at the moment.

Chicago, IL(Zone 5b)

Hello everyone, weather's slowly getting better. It's been such a long winter. I'm looking for that perfect sunny day so I can sit on the back stairs and just stare at the backyard. I need inspiration and motivation. We removed an old pinetree before winter and now we have the job of digging all the roots out and improving the soil so that we can make a simple raised bed. Also, I have a couple of Husker Red Penstemons to dig out and I'm unsure about a Nikki Blue hydrangea that benefitted from the shade of the tree now that it's going to be in full sunlight. Hope it won't wilt too much once summer comes on strong. Also, lots of lamium that bloomed beautifully under the pinetree will need to be transplanted under our little maple tree. Soo much work to do and such a weak back! I think I miss the pinetree already.

Bensenville, IL(Zone 5a)

I work out of town all week and when I got back my little iris reticulata 'George' was blooming. I just love these little irises.

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

OH .. how pretty. you have COLOR!!

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Those irises are wonderful! I think I should get me some. :)

I was worried about the hellebores, but they seem to be coming to life.

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Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Daffodils and sedum, anyone?

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

K -- did you buy your hellebores or grow them by seed?

I found some seeds in my freezer [of all places] and just WS'ed them a few days ago.

Bensenville, IL(Zone 5a)

People in milder climates just can't understand how ga-ga midwesterners get over the tiniest bit of green. After 4 months of hard winter we are so starved for color that isn't brown, black, grey or tan. Hurry up spring!

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

I bought my hellebores. They're really nothing special, just plants I found at Walmart a couple years ago. But they make me happy. :)

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

LOL... well -- that is all that counts!!

Hobart, IN

I've got a flower bud (I think) on Helleborus 'Wester Flisk' that I got last year and can't wait to see it open. Compared to the other hellebores, it seems like a small plant to be producing a flower. While this past week would have been perfect for starting the spring clean up, I had other things going on so will have to wait til next week. Also keeping my eyes on my Hepaticas since they're early bloomers as well.

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

April 17th 2011

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Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

April 18th 2011

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Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

Hardly seems fair hey?

Watertown, WI(Zone 5a)

Aw, cece...that sucks. Nothing stuck out here in Watertown. But I'm keeping that on the down low just in case the weather gods hear me.

Waukesha, WI(Zone 5a)

Things looked brighter this late morning, early afternoon

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