The daffodils always beat the crocus in the race for fresh air and sunshine.
The ground is still frozen but getting a glimpse of these really gets me excited for spring. It also reminds me that I better get my butt moving. There are lots of plants that should be already germinating and others that should be already out of the ground. Any hanging baskets I want in June should have been started as early as December!
Thyme and Oregano still fighting and patiently waiting. I even have Rosemary in one of the raised beds, too. I was able to use some of this through the winter, though I don’t take much in fear that I’ll hurt their chances of survival.
Row covers gets the soil warmer even when there’s snow on the ground. This helps bring the worms and insects closer to the surface working on the compost that was turned in last Fall.
The pond is still frozen. I wouldn’t trust walking on it but the dogs don’t seem to fear it. The level of the water is almost to the top. I have an overflow pipe on the far side but it just leaks it into the yard. I have yet to see what happens in extreme saturation. It’s overflowed only once and it lasted only a day. It’s usually a foot lower than the overflow pipe. We dug this 2 seasons ago and it’s taken until this winter to reach a consistent level. My friend and fellow gardner, Jman, planted cat tails but we don’t know if that was a good idea. He also lined it with lillies. That we think was a great idea. While he used a back hoe to dig the hole, he did all the shape and edges with a shovel. He really put some work into this.
The compost can be seen fenced in to the left of the green house. We still feed it all winter long with our scraps. No meats, no dairy, not ever.
In a few months this will be overflowing with gorgeous plants. I have past photos of everything. I should show some side by side pics.
All this winter drab can really get you down. I had to end this post with some color and life. This is what the front bed looks like when all is well and the deer and rabbits don’t feast on it.