February 22, 2016

Signs of Spring


Suddenly it looks like spring around here. We've had unseasonably warm weather even while the rest of the country has had above-average snow and below-average temperatures.

I moved a bale of hay out of the shed this weekend and saw this just inside the east-facing doorway:


Grass, henbit and shepherds purse are all growing in this sheltered but sunny spot. There are tender leaves of vetch nearby.


These curly dock plants are growing on the west side of the horse barn, in the shade.

I had noticed that the tub of walking onions was looking green and healthy, so I walked over to take a closer look while I was out checking the horizons for smoke from possible wildfires one afternoon.


The stalks of the older onions are larger around than my thumb, so I'll be able to harvest and use some of them this year. The little onion plants that sprouted from the bulblets this summer survived the winter just fine.


Right next to the walking onions is the tub of comfrey. I was really surprised to see green leaves peeking out from the leaf mulch. 


All four of the comfrey plants survived and have re-sprouted. Once I get a raised bed for them constructed in the new garden expansion I'll move some of the comfrey there, because this tub is going to get quite crowded this summer when the plants really take off.


There is a carpet of green chickweed under the roses, even though the rosebushes haven't begun to green up yet.

On my trip to town last week I noticed yellow daffodils, and the azalea shrubs are blooming too. There are visible buds on the trees. In typical Oklahoma fashion, our warm weather is going to end this week and we even have a chance of snow in the forecast. Whether rain or snow, we need the moisture.

Have you noticed signs of spring yet? Or are you still dealing with a colder and wetter than usual winter?



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10 comments:

  1. We have signs if Spring, too. The Canada geese are flying at dawn and pairing off and yesterday the Sandhill cranes have returned. Ground squirrels are out. Slight greening of grass in the pastures.

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    1. We don't have even a slight greening of grass in the pasture yet, Tewshooz. Although after today's rain, maybe it will happen. :-) It sounds like spring is on its way to your corner of the world.

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  2. Spring is flirting with us here in Virginia, too! The robins have invaded, the geese are coming back in droves, and the crocuses are just poking up through the mulch in one of my garden beds. We had such a crazy fall that a lot of our plants started coming back to life in December! I'm keeping my eye on those plants to see how they fair this Spring, but I have a feeling Spring's closer than we think!

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    1. I think you're right Lauren!

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  3. It's been spring-like here for a while. I see signs of lilies and other spring bloomers popping up. In fact, we've had sunflowers all winter long! Looks like your garden is ready to grow! Thanks for joining us on The Maple Hill Hop.

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    1. Sunflowers in the winter would be so cheering. Thank you for stopping by, Daisy.

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  4. It's a bit exciting to see that spring isn't far away and that the flowers are trying their best to break through!!

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    1. Even after this short and mild winter, it's exciting to see that spring is on the way! Don't you just love spring, Betty?

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  5. It's been much warmer than usual here in central Texas. The grass is beginning to turn green again and just yesterday I saw the first Bluebonnets popping up. It was great to see! I can't wait for all of Texas to be covered in them. That's the first sign that things are going to be sunny and beautiful again soon!

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    1. I love bluebonnets, Christine. We don't have them this far north but we've seen them on drives to the south. Enjoy!

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