Seasons

April brings a better view

What a difference a day makes. April brings a better view.

Yesterday, the last day of March, my crocus held their buds closed in response to the coating of snow/sleet.

Today they opened up to the sun.

 

Spring crocus in a Connecticut garden

Spring crocus in a Connecticut garden

If you have vole problems try these Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’. This is the third spring they have bloomed with no sign of vole damage. Voles have either consumed or moved all the non-tommasinianus crocus varieties I’ve planted.

 

Crocus in bloom in Connecticut April 1, 2014

Crocus in bloom in Connecticut April 1, 2014

Happy Spring!

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March 2014 – a problem child to its last day

We’ve come to expect the month of March to go out like a lamb, but March 2014 continues to be a  problem child right to its last day.

It dropped a surprize sleet/snow mix – perhaps as an early April Fools joke – over much of Connecticut today.

Such weather, after the calendar start of spring, brings moans and groans. I almost joined in with my own complaint, then I took a walk to see how the crocus held up to the unwelcome precipitation.

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The crocus didn’t seem to mind the snow.

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Whether with friends or alone, each stood in defiance of the frozen stuff that fell from the sky.

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It’s tough to moan and grown when such simple beauty in right under your nose … another lesson learned from the garden.

So long, March. You tried to hold spring back, but she’s budding out in spite of your chill.

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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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