Strong winds this spring have made it seem even colder. It’s not fun to see a newly raked pile of leaves dancing around the yard. My neighbor has a large Catalpa tree with foot long seed pods. These pods wave gracefully in the tree all winter and fall to the ground in the spring. I’m thankful to have a great neighbor willing to rake up the pods before they blow into my gardens.
Spring bulbs and flowers are a treat. I welcome the bright faces and colors of the daffodils, squill and Hellebores. I wish I had more of these spring bloomers to help bring my gardens to life.
Spring is such a tease in New England. A few warm days, a few cold days, and then warm again. These thermostat gyrations will last about seven more weeks; long weeks after a very long winter. So how do I keep myself going? I make plans on how I will change my gardens in 2009. I create plant lists and shop online. I read garden blogs and visit garden forums and try to live through the experiences of others - until the threat of frost has passed and the real gardening begins.