Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring, Or Not...?

Happy Spring, I think!

My neighor's shaggy horses
First of all, I want to thank all of you who send me emails and Facebook comments, or subscribe to my Pinterest boards. I love your comments, you encourage me so! I feel like I'm getting to know some of you very well! There are so many ways to connect now, it is amazing. I love my computers--it's great to visit each other this way.

Christmas trees gone wild
Today is the second day of Spring. In the last three days, we've gotten 6-8" of new wet snow. Some are disheartened by it. I must admit I'm tired of it too, but it sure is pretty!
One tributary to "our brook"
 The thing about point and shoot digital photography, though, is that the camera compensates for the bright lighting by darkening the picture, leaving you with a mostly black and white composition. I took these shots this week.

Looks cold!
We live in Western Massachusetts, in the foothills of the Berkshires. Our house is about 1100 feet above sea level. As you leave the Connecticut River Valley and start driving up into the hill towns, it gets colder, windier and whiter. In the summer, the cooler air is welcome. Now, not so much!

My garden is in there!
So in order to get into a spring mood, I intend to plant some seedlings this weekend. I've been saving TP rolls and food containers.

Toilet paper rolls and food containers
Recycled cloches
I have been collecting garden pictures on Pinterest, and share some of my favorites above and below, to set the scene and to inspire you (and myself!) To link to these pictures, click on my Gardenstuff board and click on the picture till you open the source, usually 2 clicks.

I want to try vertical gardening

I look forward to digging in the dirt and seeing which of my potted perennials will be back this season. Lavenders, clematis, peonies, daffodils, iris, purple coneflowers, hardy mums, oregano, coral bells, and a small pink willow. Sometimes the johnny-jump-ups, or pansies-gone-wild are among the first to be seen. But, as you can see in the pictures above, that is a while away!

Wild rose
Just need a drink and a good book!
Pretty corner
I have to convince Mom not to cut back the Wisteria!

Pretty border
Pink Poppies!

And on my deck....
Pop up aquarium!

Pick 3 plants and repeat
Locally grown food!

Happy Spring to all you Northern Hemispherians!

OMG, I'm breathless!