Friday, February 18, 2011
Signs of the End of Winter?
Bluebirds are out and about, displaying nesting behavior.
The multiplier onions Larry planted last Fall are beginning to sprout.
The skunks are out too, in force. Their perfume is scenting the nights and mornings. Is it time to make skunk grease for your medicine chest?
I am searching roadsides for first signs of coltsfoot blooms and my favorite, the bloodroot flower (pictured here).
And Larry and I were out yesterday evening, planting peas, carrots, spinach and radishes and poking hopefully in flower beds for signs of spring flowers emerging. The daffodils are the only ones awake, it seems, sending their green leaves only an inch or two about the safety of the soil.
I wanted to clean out my flower beds but thought better of it because those piled up leaves are providing some mulch protection, and I do believe we have a little more winter to see before it's safe to uncover the gardens.
How about you? Are you feeling the itch to get out in the gardens? Are you planting yet?
Here are a few stories to bring us a little literary Spring:
Old Man Winter tried to lock up Spring in a Scandinavian folktale. Read how Spring was saved here.
An adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story of the snowdrop and many other Spring stories for little children are on the Apples for the Teacher website.
And you can learn more about Hans Christian Andersen, and the Bulgarian forest spirits called samodiva, on Zikata's beautiful blog.
Want Spring poems and stories for children? Try this site.
Now that we're all fired up for gardens, flowers and birds--watch it snow again!