Sunday, March 16, 2008 A Week Before Spring

This is the time of year of new beginnings…the flowers are opening, the bees are out, and we are teased into thinking cold weather is behind us. Likely it is, but even if we do get a cold snap, we are able to “make it through” knowing our last frost date is now less than a month away (April 15.) Most of us can handle anything knowing this magical date will soon be here.

With a week of warm weather and the excitement of more rain coming, gardeners I spoke with this week had a renewed sense of starting over – leaving our bazaar year behind us and looking forward to a new and better gardening season.

I met with other members of the Raleigh Garden Club for our monthly maintenance of the Winter Garden at the JCRA. The conversation is always lively, giddy, and endearing. Usually talk is about the flowers in bloom, comparing gardening tools and techniques, plus updates on home and family. We were now talking about the break up of the weather pattern that hovered over us this last year, updates on how much rain the next rain event might bring, and the latest techniques in rain harvesting or moving water from one place to another. I look forward to going back to conversation of flowers, friends, and family.

Back home to my garden, I am amazed my bearded Iris and weeping Snow Fountain Cherry (Prunus subhirtella var. pendula) are blooming. I also notice the Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) leaves unfurling. It is an early spring.

Lily reports we received 0.9” of rain; however, hubby David, a.k.a. Daddy Dave, says it was only 0.7”. Aster sees the first Eastern Yellow Swallowtail of the season and he and David get the camera to photograph this early sighting.

With the time change from last weekend and the pretty weather, it was tough to get Lara Rose, Lily, and Aster settled enough to do homework, come in for dinner, and take a bath. Aster says, “Why bother when I will just get dirty again tomorrow? Why indeed! We decided to take a night off and chalk it off to doing our part to conserve water.

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