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!



  1. Dear Sherry, it is the same here, lots of snow despite the calendar saying spring.;) I feel the same way about it as you do, can not help but seeing the beauty in it, but my whole body aches for some warm sunshine.;)
    Love all the lovely images here, lets hope spring will arrive soon.;)

  2. Well, the good news is that you have something to look forward to whereas we have hit our peak when it comes to good weather. It only goes downhill from here and only gets hotter, and hotter, and hotter. I like that vertical gardening and the little cloches made from water bottles and clay pots. Also have not seen the food container and toilet paper idea before. Very cool! Have a warm and wonderful weekend. Tammy

  3. We are getting more snow this weekend and I am cheering it on! Colorado is heading into yet another drought year, so any and all snow is welcome. In fact, feel free to send us yours, Sherry! :)
    I love all these garden pics! For some reason, I have never been successful growing plants from seed. I think I over water them. So I completely admire anyone who can - and LOVE these upcycled ideas.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Thanks for stopping by. I hope things have warmed up over there in the past several weeks. Best wishes, Tammy


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