It’s Spring!

Snow cover remains in shady spots and where plows piled it high, and temperatures still hover below normal for this time of year in my Connecticut gardens, but neither can stop the march of time. Once clocks pass 12:57 pm today we can all officially rejoice that it’s Spring!

This morning, I took my camera for a quick walk to capture the small hints that bulbs are awakening.

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Tete-a-tete narcissi peek up through still dormant thyme.

Though deer usually do not nibble on narcissi, I have to protect these Tete-a-tetes every year as very hungry deer, craving for a green meal, have nibbled on these early-emerging shoots.

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See below how they looked during a previous spring? This image is what reminds me to now cover them each night. Good thing … this morning, as the sun was just illuminating the garden  where the Tete-a-tetes grow, I spotted a deer nosing around.

The Tete-a tetes are the only narcissi resident deer bother. I’ve provided plenty of opportunities for them to munch on the early shoots of other types of narcissus bulbs,

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but deer leave these alone.

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As I wandered around to the front beds, where the sun warms the soil the earliest, birds of all types sang from the trees.

They know it’s spring, too. Their songs are as welcome as the bloom of this crocus.

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Welcome … spring!

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2 comments for “It’s Spring!

  1. March 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I always shake my head at your daffodil eating deer! Apparently it’s just the tete a tetes they go for, but the fact that deer eat any narcissi at all is strange. Such a misery of a spring we are having so far — I’m glad to see the little nibs of green you have.

    • March 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Laurrie, it is only the Tete-a-tetes my resident deer eat. After so many years of having them nibbled I’m finally getting ahead of the deer by protecting the early beauties so they can grow nibble-free.

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