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It’s Coming, Spring That Is

February 26th, 2009

We had a beautiful day yesterday, it was sunny and in the mid 40’s. I decided to walk around the gardens to see if there were any signs of spring. It’s still winter here and it will be for several weeks (March 21 is the first day of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere). Most of the garden is still looking like winter, the raised beds are still protected with their mulch and a small blanket of snow.
Brown is still the dominant color in the garden and dried seed heads still take of the place of the summer flowers.
The raspberry canes are still showing their purple hue with not a leaf or berry in sight.
The blueberries are still hidden behind their fortress of chicken wire to protect them from the nibbling deer.
There are signs of life in the gardens though, the sedum out front is touting it’s early spring glow.
The larkspur seedling are ready to grow rapidly once they have a few warm days.
The foxgloves are waiting to send forth their tall spires of flowers as soon as the ground warms a little more.
Best of all, the chives are bursting forth ready to add flavor to all kinds of spring dishes.
I’m really excited for spring this year. I’m looking forward to working outside and I’m most excited about eating fresh green things from the garden (I did harvest more spinach on Tues, 4.1 oz).

Are there any signs of life in your winter gardens? What are you most excited about come spring?

8 Comments to “It’s Coming, Spring That Is”
  1. Daphne on February 26, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Well our yard is mostly covered in snow, so there are not many signs yet. Still small parts along my fence have melted out. I can see some garlic poking out and some pretty blue green foliage of the dianthus. My blueberries and raspberries live along the driveway, so get piled with snow over the winter. It is finally starting to melt and I can see the plants again. The raspberries survived quite well, but the blueberries have some cracked stems from all the weight.

    Daphne’s last blog post.. Monday Seedling Update

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  2. deborah on February 26, 2009 at 9:32 am

    It’s till snow-covered here in N. Minn. as well, with another 4 inches expected today. So I’m extra thankful to experience hints of spring through your pictures! Thanks!

    deborah’s last blog post.. Reproductive Organs?

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  3. lee on February 26, 2009 at 11:38 am

    My mulberry(Morus alba) is starting to bear fruits. In a few weeks I’ll be eating mulberries. That’s spring for me and I can’t wait.

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  4. Pampered Mom on February 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    It’s still too early here for things to start sprouting – except for the little pots we got from Target that are sprouting Alpine Strawberries. I love the picture of the sedum – what a great contrast of colors.

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  5. Dan on February 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I was poking around the borders today too. Seeing the little plant shoots makes you realize spring is near.

    Dan’s last blog post.. Grow Room Update & Signs of Spring

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  6. warren on February 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Buds on my blueberries are starting to develop…I was SO excited to see it!

    warren’s last blog post.. Oobleck

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  7. Mangochild on February 27, 2009 at 6:53 am

    It is that exciting time of year… winter is fading away and spring is not quite here, but one can just taste it in the air…. Thank you for sharing those pictures of the growth and spring coming forward. Yesterday was the 3rd day in a row when I didn’t need all my super-warm winter coat/gloves…. while that has happened before for a day or so, it seems like now I can really dream of spring. I can’t wait to see some of those precious green leaves coming out too :-)

    Mangochild’s last blog post.. Satisfying Snacks Local Style?

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  8. Sandy on February 28, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I see we both use chicken wire to protect our blueberries. While we do have deer in the area, I’m pretty sure my blueberries were attacked by mountain beavers. We have a mountain beaver colony in our yard. You hardly ever see the things (they are quite elusive) but they can chop things down pretty quickly.

    Sandy’s last blog post.. Video Tour: The Garden in Late Winter

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