Sunday, March 31, 2019

March Forth!

We often see a little bit of spring in late February here in central Ohio, but there's no guarantee that it will happen that way. But once it turns to March, spring generally begins in earnest, despite the still chilly weather.

The weather is slowly warming, with emphasis on the SLOW. And we've had lots of rain. Occasionally we saw a little warmth and sunshine this month, so on those days I made sure to drop all my other activities in order to do garden cleanup. It felt wonderful to be back in the garden!

I've been keeping this garden blog for a good number of years now, so you may have seen these early spring sights here before. Maybe this is nothing new, but it doesn't really lose its luster for me. When the first flowers show up after a long, cold winter, I'm just as happy every single year.

It's the pops of color that make the first flowers so exciting. Winter here is very drab, with very little snow cover. Once the world starts showing color again, it's a welcome change from the endless dreary days of winter. However, there's one favorite plant that is far from drab in the late winter, and that's Sedum Angelina. If you've ever visited my blog before, you know I have a deep appreciation for this stuff. If you decide to try it, know that it needs full sun, very little water and it spreads freely when all these needs are met. But it is easy to move if it gets a little overly enthusiastic. This is its winter coloring. Once warm weather returns, it will return to being bright green.

By the end of March, I'm ready to put pansies into my planters. I know they like chilly weather, but it's still a little risky to plant this early. I just figure they'll end up with a bit of snow on their heads, but they'll mostly shrug it off. I just have to have pansies, even with little snow hats.

But the opposite of snow was our spring visit to Florida. Mostly we go to visit family, while also enjoying a bit of early spring.

And now it's back to Ohio, where I anxiously await the arrival of real spring weather. It's not going to be today though. Temperatures dropped about 30 degrees overnight and there's snow in the air. I thought March was supposed to go out like a lamb? Not this time!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Late Winter in Robin's Nest

Winter isn't gone just yet, but hopefully it's on its last legs here at the end of February. I can dream, right? But we did start off with a good snow, on the very first day of the month. It was beautiful! 

After that, we had rain instead, and lots of it. I suppose I'll be glad for all that rain come garden season. Hubby will surely be enjoying a glorious green lawn this spring, courtesy of the constant deluge. Until then, there are only indoor flowers to look at. 

Occasionally, the rain did stop long enough to show off a sunset down at the ponds. This was one particularly lovely day. 

And here was another pretty end of day. People are often surprised by my sunset shots, on days when they didn't even notice it happening. The trick is looking to the horizon. Sometimes there isn't much going on overhead. But if I go down to the ponds where the view is unobstructed, I can often find sunset views that others don't even see. 

Since it really is winter, I don't have any actual photos of my own garden to share. I'd love to have more snowy photos to take, but our winters are often drab instead. When I get weary of the endless gray days, I know that it's time to visit Franklin Park Conservatory again. In case you haven't guessed, I'm a member there. It works out perfectly for me, so that I can visit again and again whenever the mood hits me. This late winter visit to see the orchids is my own tradition. 

Soon the Conservatory will feature Blooms and Butterflies, and the Pacific Island Water Garden area will be filled with my favorite fluttering friends. I can't wait! 

I do have one single outdoor flower to show off here at winter's end. I spotted these two cutie crocus blooming yesterday! It's cold again now, so they've closed up tight for now. But they did give me cause to celebrate. Spring will come again, and soon!