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I Spy….

March 25th, 2015

I spy a spot of bare ground in my back yard! Of course this is a high spot in the yard and the snow blows off of it, there are still 20 or more inches of snowpack in the other areas of the garden. This is a start, the spot gets a little bigger each day. Bring on the spring thaw!
bare ground
One thing that I love to do in the spring is to watch the areas that lose snow first. These are perfect places to plant hellebores, hyacinths, crocuses, snowdrops, tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs. They can take any cold weather that is still to come and will add beautiful early spring color to the garden. In a few years I’ll be adding these plants to this area, perhaps this spot will become hellebore garden. If you’ve ever read The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage, you will want to start a collection of snowdrops and hellebores.

Any snow left in your garden?

Look Out BELOW

March 17th, 2015

The ice dam on the back of the house is about to let loose. I keep thinking any day now it will startle me and send the cats scurrying to find cover (which is the funniest thing). It keeps hanging farther and farther over the roofline just waiting to come crashing down.
ice dam 1
Thankfully they’re not as big as they could be since Mr Chiots knocked them off once already. Otherwise we’d have twice as much ice falling.
ice dam 2
It’s a nice reminder that spring is just around the corner!

Any last vestiges of winter in your garden?

Drip, Drip, Drip

March 11th, 2015

We’re finally getting some warm days and the snow is starting to recede. Though there is a foot of snow forecasted for this weekend. Yesterday was warm and sunny, all of my outdoor chores were done without a coat. The snow is melting off of the roof and the depth is going down on the garden.
It’s always a pleasant thing to hear the dripping and trickling water from the melting snow. It is the lovely sound of spring being just around the corner! Soon the birdsong will follow and that will be a beautiful sound indeed!

What are some sounds you are enjoying in your garden right now?

Officially Mainers

March 7th, 2015

My apologies for not blogging the lasts few days, I’ve been a bit under the weather. But I’m back and feeling much better now! A few weeks ago our basement wood supply ran out, since there are 3-5 feet of snow piled up against the basement doors and at least that much on the road we use to get to the basement, we decided to put the wood in our little porch by the front door. It’s very Maine, really, most folks seem to have a stack of wood on their front porch by the door.
It does make it rather convenient to load up the wood burner. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer that we’ll be needing to carry wood to the porch, we shall see. It was -5 last night, but it did warm up into the high 20’s during the day.

What’s the average temperature in your garden during the day and at night?


March 3rd, 2015

Yesterday there was a distinctly different feeling in the air when I went out. I think perhaps it was moisture, it was finally warm enough to feel moisture in the air. Even though it was only 15 degrees and we woke up to a few inches of fresh snow on the ground, there was something different in the air.
metal chickens
Probably later this week I will put a tap in one of the maple trees that I can watch from the house. It isn’t quite warm enough for sugaring season but it won’t be too much longer.

Have you noticed a change in the season recently? Do you feel like spring will arrive in your garden soon?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.