Just another not-very-special date in the long, slow drag from winter into spring . . . so many ups and downs over the four months it takes, that no named day is notable. Here, it can be warmer in January than it is in April.
If there had been a choice between 'spring is here' and 'spring is supposed to be here' I would have voted that way. I have the luxury of living on a grain farm. The house and farm buildings use a five acre area. Many years ago the area was crowded with necessary buildings for farming. Twenty years ago we started removing unused buildings rather than maintaining them. As a result we have about three acres to mow or plant flower beds and gardens and to practice my short game in golfing.
We had a couple 60+ degree days a short while back and I walked around checking the beds. What a disappointment that turned out to be. Yesterday and the next couple of days are predicted to be in the upper 60's again. Yesterday I was out practicing my short game and checking beds. Bulbs have burst through showing the tips of their leaves. The ornamental grass is sprouting. The perennials haven't done much yet. I need a lot more practice swinging my golf clubs. Today I'll put pruning shears in my back pocket to remove last year's dead growth while I'm whacking balls around the yard.
The grass isn't ready to mow yet. Most of it is still brown. It hasn't been rolled for a few years so I think we'll get that done before mowing. Last season it was rougher than a cob. Quite a few times I thought I was going to spill my beer in the cup holder. Can't be letting that happen.
You can tell Spring is almost here because for about 3 days we were almost in the 80's, but the last few days its been in the 40's and raining! Spring here is like that. Especially March and April. You never know what the temps will be like! We've had some of our biggest snow storms in April. I'm REALLY looking forward to June, LOL!!!!
Well, we're down to about 2 feet of snow. The weather report is for 50 degrees and rain, so that should take it down some more. Longer days give such a lift in spirit and hearing songbirds makes for a jumping day! We always expect "poor man's fertilizer" by the 2nd week of April, and that should be just the right time to get a row of spinach planted!
Spring is here in my area. Most of the trees have leafed out, the Azaleas have been blooming for a month now. We've de-thatched, mowed and fertilized the lawn and I've weeded most of the flower beds. The hot, humid summer weather is just around the corner for us, but right now the low 80º temp's with low humidity makes it very pleasant for working in the garden!
Our lawn could use a mow, parts are getting a bit long.
The daylilies are showing more growth and the daffodils are almost done blooming.
The Yokame cherries and redbuds are starting to bloom around here - so nice to see!
I voted "other" because nothing else seemed to cover. It's hot one day and practically freezing the next and now it is going to be warmish during the day and cooler at night. Have fertilized my lawn w/a 3-1-2 w/trace minerals and it's looking good. Until the crape myrtles put out those new leaves it won't be warm enough for me regardless of the day/date.
Although our grass doesn't need mowing yet, Redbud and Shadblow are blooming, the lilac blossoms of redbuds and the white of the shadblows compliment one another so beautifully as painting, next dogwoods blooms are going to be a show stopper. Spring is near, spring is here. I'm so grateful of that!
The sun's rays begin to intensify because of our angle relative to the sun, enabling plant growth. Animals enter a 'time slot' to multiply, renewing their species before Fall. Easter arrives signaling re-birth. Spring "Clean-up time".
LOL Woofie. I celebrate spring on winter solistice when the sun comes back so I'm now looking forward to SUMMER. Greenhouse is full of seedlings and tender bulbs so I'm happy (as long as I don't look outside).
I voted for spring is here, cuz now that most of the snow is gone, I can move stuff around my deck and start to clean up my "back yard" (more like a 'back AREA') from all the tree branches from my neighbour's tree...
I've been looking @ the bulbs at Wally-World, and wondering about getting them for home & church. I'm really looking forward to gardening both gardens. Looking @ garden decor, too. Wish we could get a waterfall and/or firepit (neither are allowed in our trailer park) but it's sure nice looking :-)
Oh yes, dahlianut, my greenhouse has a small supply of seedlings, too (including dahlias, tee hee). Only thing that maintains my sanity! I've been trying to restrain myself from starting too many seeds too soon. Thank goodness for tomatoes! They don't care how early I start them. Last time I started flowers in Feb, I ended up with some VERY tall plants.
Susan, would they let you have one of those solar fountains? They're pretty, too.
I wish it were Spring, but alas! Still a lot of snow and ice . The picture would be most like WOOFIE's! For all that I've already bought some new daylilies and phloxes and planted them in the pots and left in the veranda. I'm looking forward to the moment it'll be possible to do something in the garden :)
Well, it's here, but you better be prepared to jump back in the house before the next rain shower hits you. We just came through a big old wind and rain storm over the week-end, but today it is calm and balmy with intermittent showers. Not really what you would call gardening weather yet.
Well, my crocus and daffodils think it is Spring (crocus have been blooming about a week, first daffs opened today), and the robins returned last week, so I am ignoring the fact that it will probably get cold and icy again. I weeded a couple of beds and liberally sprinkled poppy seeds over a mostly unused bed, as they can handle it if it turns cold again.
Ah, feels so good to get my hands in the dirt again! The little neighbor girl came over to see if my DS could play (but he's sick), so she stayed to talk, and before you knew it, she was down on her knees asking what all the different leaves were. She liked the fuzzy poppies that were coming up from past years, but didn't think much of the iris at this point. Just wait! She thought sprinkling the seeds was the best part, though, and I'd have to agree. . .second only to seeing them bloom!
I can't say spring has sprung with this date. So much is going on close to the ground in February on around here. You just have to look closer. Plus, the trees are budding out before then. Many minor bulbs are already blooming and daffodills, and pansies. I have the early spring veggies in the ground. However, it's not time for the tomatoes!
I put "other" because I think it is so neat that we have as much daylight aa darkness. It's a day to celebrate Spring and an excuse to have a party/brunch/coffee.
According to the weather-person on my local TV channel today there is exactly 12 hours of daylight. Sunrise 6:59 AM. Sunset 6:59 PM.
Are many of you feeling better since the amount of daylight is increasing? I know I am. Better weather helps. I feel like being outside since it doesn't require bundling up in a heavy coat with hat and gloves. I see plants greeining up and popping through the soil. Life is fresh and new again. Opportunities for change abound. Instead of thinking about improvement plans as I've done all winter I can begin implementing them and in a couple more weeks check on the improvements made last year to see if they will work, or are still what I want, this season.
Well, I'd like to say that spring is here, but I know better! It's over 70 degrees today, but we'll go back to the reality of high 40s by Thursday. I won't get out to start really planting until mid- to late-April, most likely. Anything much earlier than that would be tempting fate.
I just joined this gardening forum today and I'm glad I did. It's very interesting to see the comments from folks in different parts of the country, and also the world!
I read the remarks about Spring and whether it is here or not - then looked at the states the comments were coming from. I'm in New Jersey - Spring is trying to come here, but not yet. The crocus are blooming, the tulips are up about 2 inches, the hyacinths the same. But the Weather channel says we are still in for freezing nights so the new plants I ordered that have already been shipped must stay in my sunroom for a while before I set them outside.
I envy you folks who have weather that promotes plant growth year round.
I wish I could afford to move somewhere to make that possible, but Jersey has been my home for 25 years and I guess it's going to stay that way.
Welcome to the family, skramer! I grew up in southern Jersey which is a little warmer than where I am now. Beautiful state.
I had to vote for "Other". For me the vernal equinox is a time of balance between light and dark. It's a holiday that I've celebrated since I was a kid. My parents even let me take that day off school to celebrate. Back where I grew up, most times we had daffs blooming by the equinox but not where I live now. I have iris reticulata blooming but it's still too cold out for me to feel like spring. I know we'll get another snowfall.
I like that--NE alumni. I post, just not very often. I love to read what everyone is doing and the pics are great. I have several plants in my yard just because of the pics and recommendations from that forum. Plus, everyone is so friendly. Makes me homesick a little. I moved away 27 years ago but all of my family is still back east.
I voted other. It's been mild the last few days, but we still have a LOT of snow on the ground. Here and there I'm seeing bare patches, especially close to the house and the back fence, but we won't be gardening for another month.
My onion sets were delivered USPS over weekend & planted yesterday. The soil temp was 58 F and air temp mid 70s. Daffodils and cherry bushes in bloom with plenty of bees buzzing among the flowers. Robins are everywhere and the wildlife scampering about. Sure looks like Spring has sprung!
Spring here is delightful, if short-lived! But, it is not without a few "flies" in the "ointment" - namely mosquitos by the millions, weeds by the ton & pollen by the truckload! But, I'm not complaining - I love Spring! Samantha
I've got to admit that it doesn't mean a whole lot to me. In a way, we've had spring since November and we'll be having spring up into May. We'll have some hot days now and then, but it won't sit in to stay yet. Spring is great, but March 20/21 itself doesn't signify much of anything to me.
Spring is the change of the seasons in the eternal wheel of life. I feel like I'm in the autumn of my life, but it is nice to see spring happening around me. It's like being in a quiet little eddy in the river of life, but still being able to smile when you see other people whooping and hollering as they go over the little waterfall in their intertubes. Gee - it would be nice to be in good health and in my 20's, and be one of those whooping and hollering - but even if I can't do it myself, it still feels good to cheer on those who ARE in that stage of life. And, all my little seedlings are in the springtime of their little lives...
I get like this every spring...
Even my guinea pig is tied to the seasons of life. He goes for his grooming at the change of the seasons - it is tied to the solstices and equinoxes...it is the only way I can keep track of it. My car maintenance is that way, too...it's the only way I can keep track...of life.
Keeps tricking us!!!!!!!! Yesterday 74 degrees in the shade,windows open letting the fresh air in,today 45 degrees in the sun and the furnace is running.Give us a little taste and then say no no not yet...
I'm putting in new garden beds as fast as I can. I put this one in yesterday. I figure in another month it will be too hot for anything beyond basic maintenance. We rent a home, just outside Orlando, that was built in 1972. I don't think a gardener has ever lived in it. The only landscaping is a row of azaleas across the front of the house. I'm dividing the plants that I have (yes, I bring several with me every time a move), getting cutting from friends, and buying 50% off "distressed" plants from Lowes. I've planted a variety of sunflower seeds along the house and fence. I've put the PVC piping temporarily around the beds so the dogs will have a clue where I don't want them. They, of course, think it is a splendid agility course. Ugh. I love the challenge of turning a "barren" piece of land into a piece of art. But the temperature and humidity are rising! Gotta work fast!!!
other than the fact that its my birthday too :) spring is here and soon will be gone... We rarely get a good spring weather for that long - it always seem to just brush past us for about a week or two then its hot and humid until mid October ...so for me , spring gardening will be almost over and need to have all my summer bulbs planted soon
I voted other, because I already have a lot of stuff planted, but the lawn hasn't done more than show a little inclination toward a deeper green. I've tilled, built retaining walls, incorporated amendments, and planted asparagus, rhubarb, lettuces, onions, spinach, beets, carrots and radishes.
We almost always just skip spring and leap right into summer. I need to mow badly, but the recent rains have kept me off the lawnmower. I'm hoping to get to that tomorrow. Work keeps me out of the yard more than I'd like, but I'm loving the longer days, so I can putter around after work.
Most of the ground is still covered with at least a foot to 18 inches of snow, more in some places. Next to the house on the south and west side the snow has melted away and some daffodils are putting up tentative leaves an inch or so above the ground. Anywhere we used the snowblower to make paths the snow is gone and melts back a little more each day at the edges.
I saw a robin yesterday. The mourning doves have been back for a few weeks. Goldfinches are just starting to molt into summer color.
We'll be in the 40's for the next week or so but it is supposed to be mainly clear, so it will feel warmer in the sun. Hurray for sun!
Yesterday I was working on cleaning up the fall debris in 64 degrees and sunshine...This morning, it was 25 degrees at 8 am and is just now 29 degrees...
The first day of Spring brought me frigid temps, and my new rosebushes back in the garage again...Grrrrrr!!!
Happy Spring Everyone! Beautiful sunshine reflecting off heaps of snow and 0 degrees. However Robins and Redwings have arrived and one group of geese circling (looking for open water I suspect - poor things)
Indoor gardening will have to continue for a little longer... potting up cannas and dahlias with great anticipation...
Wow, I have had such a First Day of Spring... snow peas germinating, dill germinating, Iris reticulata "Harmony" two are blooming and many others showing color, plus I planted out kale seedlings and ate a teensy salad of the ones that did not fit. Planted out leaf lettuce also...
barefoot on the deck doing this. Sun hot enough I am thinking about shade cloth real soon! Weekend is going to be cooler and rainy and it is still hitting low 30s upper 20s at night...
The volunteer veggie vine I did not know what it was but allowed to grow in my kitchen window for some green, is showing nice yellow flowers today and no, they were not there yesterday. I reckon it is a pumpkin, LOL! If it can hang on for another few weeks I will try to move it outside, though it is really entangled with the venetian blinds at this stage... tee hee.
Yes, that is the name of the town here, I get a kick out of it. ;-) I was actually interviewed on video in the grocery store parking lot last week by a couple of kids on a road trip who wanted to ask me why the town is named Weed. (They were just making a fun video for their buds back home I believe.) I told them, well, there was this guy named Weed who founded an industry here, but as a gardener, I get a lot of laughs out of living in a place called Weed.
I have to say spring is officially here because we cut the grass for the first time yesterday. Planted winter rye over top of the zoysia to keep it green until the zoysia wakes up next month. After all the rain we got last weekend, the grass took off!! Dogwood blossoms are about ready to open and should be in full bloom in a couple of weeks. Weather is still see sawing back and forth. Most nights are above freezing and the daytime highs are averaging upper 50's to 60's for the most part. In a couple of months it will be sunny, hot and humid!! LOL
I LOVE seeing the changes of the seasons, as slight as they might be in Jackson Mississippi.
I was in Peace Corps Forestry in Ecuador, South America, right on the equator, in 1982-1985. After my family and freinds, the thing I missed most was the changes of the seasons.
Ecuador has two seasons, the dry summer and the wet winter. Thanks to El Nino, in 1984 we got 3 METERS, yes meters, of rain. One grammar school got washed away in a river; luckily it was on a Saturday, classes were held the Friday before. But despite the record-setting rainfall that year the sameness of the year, day-in and day-out, was depressing.
I hosted some Mexican foresters in Mississippi when I was with the Forest Service in Spring of 1998. They couldn't believe the changes of the trees during leaf-out that spring. After seeing their amazement at what I took for granted, I never look at the miracle without amazement now. The changes of the seasons is fascinating!
Geez, Dahlia, that's quite a snowcap your birdhouse is wearing! I've been avoiding the weather forecast, as last time I peeked it said we would have a chance of snow accumulation again next weekend. I sure hope they're wrong!