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Spring 2018

It is most definitely spring here at the Havens.  I went out today and walked around the yard, picking daffodils from along the street, in the labyrinth, behind the rock garden, in front.   It is really wonderful to have so many out there, I don’t even notice they are gone from the huge clumps I have.DSCF6598

It has been a pretty weird few weeks here.  Jim has gone off to Wisconsin to help one of his good friends while he was having his knee replaced.   He has been gone for three weeks and there are two to go before he comes home.  It isn’t until your partner is away that your REALLY remember just exactly how much they do to help.   Well, at least I notice that MY partner is not here…

It is pretty time consuming to have to do everything.   It really is time to plant potatoes, and I have my potato starts cut and scabbed.   Since we decided we wanted to try growing them in the compost pile, I needed to turn the compost pile.  That doesn’t sound like much of a job until you realize that it is over 2 cubic yards of compost.   I got it done.

I also went out and checked my pea seeds.  The plants had not shown up yet and I was worried that the wonky weather had resulted in the seeds rotting in the ground.  I know that it is not really considered best management practice to dig up your seeds, but I needed to know if it was going to be necessary to replant.   Nope!   The peas I came across had sprouted well, and I expect to see them up out of the ground in a couple of days.

I also got the onion/lettuce bed prepared today.  I wound up being too tired to finish off the job, so tomorrow I am going to plant the onion plants I have waiting in the kitchen, and sew some lettuce and mesclun.

And so the gardening season begins…

Surprise!

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I fully expected to see crocuses this morning, since they have been out for several days.  They were there, but since it is a cloudy day they have their flags furled.

But down in the front garden, I was very surprised and pleased to see that the Jack Frost mini daffodils are blooming.   Needless to say, I had to go pick one (there are lots out there).  When I went about the yard looking for other blossoms to accompany it, I found snow drops and a hellebore that is almost out.

Last night I heard spring peepers too.

We took Jim off to the airport in St. Louis on Wednesday so he could catch a more or less early flight to Wisconsin on Thursday morning.

I drove home in the rain on Thursday morning and it proceeded to continue raining off and on until today.  This beautiful Sunday dawned crystal clear and frosty, but now the sun is shining, the bees are out foraging and the crocuses are blooming.

All told we received over 7 inches of rain in those three days, and that made the yard impressively wet.  Ruby really didn’t see any reason she should go Out There in All That Mud, but I knew that her bladder and bowels needed to empty, and so I insisted, much to her dismay, I might add.

I did go out and take a few pictures in the rain.  I’m sure it must have been an amusing sight if anyone had seen me juggling my  umbrella and the camera in the downpour.  The wonderful Fuji digital that I use may be old and starting to have wonky switches, but it still works and I did not see any good coming out of drenching it in the name of documenting the deluge.

Yesterday afternoon, the labyrinth looked like this:

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Today, less than 24 hours later, it presents a very different mien.

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I did zero in on one very wet clump of crocuses that was courageously trying to convince everyone that it really is spring, even though we have yet to cross the vernal equinox.

DSCF6583Those game little flowers are a whole lot happier today.  And amazingly enough, they did not drown.

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In case you are wondering what the bees are finding to forage for, there are crocuses (obviously).  But there are also bluets up, and the henbit is going to be in full bloom by tomorrow.  The witch hazel is in full bloom too, and so the honeybees are busy replenishing their stores.

 

This weekend we had a belated 90th birthday celebration for my mother.  One of my cousins from Delaware and his wife made the trek, so we had a mini-reunion.  The obligatory “x # generations” picture was taken, in this case four.  My mother, myself, my son and his two children.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe opportunity presented itself for some play…  I really don’t think the following pictures require much explanation.   The audience was my cousin and his wife, my brother was the photographer.

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The following is probably my favorite shot…

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The snowdrops are out today.   They have been out for at least 10 days.

A week ago Sunday (I think), we had a fine sunny day and they decided it was an optimum time to bloom.  Within two days, it got very cold, temperatures down in the teens.   They tucked their heads down and held on.

Then it warmed up a bit last Wednesday and Thursday.  They perked up.

The next day, the bottom dropped out of the temperatures again.  But it didn’t get so cold that we couldn’t achieve freezing rain.   Last Saturday, Sunday and part of Monday these flowers were coated with about a quarter of an inch of ice.   Nevertheless, they persisted.

Monday the ice started melting, and it continued to gradually warm up all week. Yesterday it got into the sixties, and today we reached a high of 78 degrees.   And so the snowdrops are merry.

They are joined in the party by a flock of early crocuses that popped up all over the lawn this afternoon.   There were two or three blooms yesterday, but today there are dozens.

It is sprinkling this evening.   And rumor has it that it is supposed to get cold again forthwith.

This weather is giving me whiplash.

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