The first day of spring arrived here yesterday, and I was out in the garden for several hours after lunch clearing out last year's dead plant stalks, which we leave standing for the birds. We actually have our second flowers out, the Pasque Flowers, just in time for Easter.
The Pasque Flowers seem to be spreading; there are a lot more blooms to come, and they'll survive even when they get covered in snow.
There's another patch of Snowdrops just emerging from the leaves; they were our first blooming flowers this year.
It will be a long time until the Peonies bloom, but they're fast emerging in the flower garden.
And in the wilder part of the garden, there's a tiny circle of closed fiddleheads at the base of the Christmas Fern, just waiting to unfurl.
Even the moss on the boulders in the fencerow was bright green yesterday, shining in the afternoon sun.
I had to go over to a neighbour's place to see these Aconites, but there's a small patch I watch for every year. They're feeling a little chilly today, and with slightly warmer temperatures will be fully open.
In spite of those little bits of spring's promise, the garden as a whole is pretty dull these days. It's just dull brown. I've cleaned the standing stalks of last years flowers off here, but still not raked up those lying on the ground. But soon this will be bright patches of green emerging to look like a real garden.
The afternoon sky was just so beautifully blue I tried another panorama shot with my iphone. I like the appearance of these, capturing what we really see out back. The garden is in the lower right.
But this is the same view this morning. We woke to an inch of two of fresh snow, another typical March view of the garden! And a good deal more is forecast for Wed. and Thurs. this week. I'll let you know if we survive!
That is quite a contrast, those last two pictures. I know it will melt soon, because the sun is rising a little earlier and setting a little later every day! :-)ReplyDelete
What a difference a night can make! I am so hoping we don't wake up to a surprise like that one of these days.ReplyDelete
It's funny how when yo start cleaning up the trash , you find lots of new growth under it.ReplyDelete
Canadian spring. Ugh!ReplyDelete
Great shots...I must check for my Peonies!ReplyDelete
Have a great week....happy Easter!
Sorry you are still getting snow....I'm sure spring is on it's way though.ReplyDelete
March is so unpredictable. I've never heard of Aconites. They are lovely little yellow blooms. - MargyReplyDelete
The Pasque flowers are very unique and pretty! We had snow on the front range of Colorado, but it warmed up quickly and much of it melted. It's good to have the moisture here, even if its snow.ReplyDelete
Suddenly flowers are showing, grass will soon be needing a haircut or two, and snow might be the last for your winter. Lovely blooms.ReplyDelete
Here I am feeling sorry for you guys in valley. Your winter was much harsher than one that we had in Pickering. My wife has a few daffodils poking up but no blooms yet. Winter returns Wednesday. Yuck.ReplyDelete
Lovely photos . YIKES ! more snow ? we had a little bit of snow but nothing stuck melted as it hit the ground the rest of this week for us is to be +8 and lots and lots of rain with a bit of sun shine in between ! I guess the chat with old man winter worked for us down here lol . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !ReplyDelete
It's wonderful to see signs of rebirth everywhere.ReplyDelete
It looks like pretty hard life for Spring flowers in your garden.ReplyDelete
Following the Winter landscapes, I'm struck by the vastness of your country.
Scotland seems like Lilliput in comparison!
Seeing the flowers is nice, hope that snow is all over and done with when we get there.ReplyDelete
Nice! Our yard up here beside of the Ottawa River is still under 2 feet of snow!ReplyDelete
The world is slowly coming alive this time of year :)ReplyDelete
we live worlds apart but not really. my plants are popping through the soil (isn't that fun) but we had snow 2 nights ago as well. it has all melted but my crocus and daffodils are not happy!!!ReplyDelete
pretty captures, the snow will keep the plants well hydrated!!!
Nice to see the beginnings of spring in your garden. : ) Hopefully your snow is gone by now.ReplyDelete
We can always expect snow well into April. I do love the sight of it.ReplyDelete
Here it's been sunny but below freezing during the day, so the thaw has pretty much halted for the moment.
I love the Pasque flower and it is nice to see lots of early blooms in the garden. You got snow and we got snow and we'll both be getting more snow. I sure am looking forward to warmer weather in April (hopefully!).ReplyDelete
My dear mum always used to say ...'never trust the weather until at least the 1st May' and there are some years when she has been right!ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
Really enjoyed the pasque flowers. The wild one here are very rare in the woods...:)ReplyDelete
Crazy weather especially this time of year... We also had some snow on the FIRST day of Spring here... Luckily, ours didn't stick since the temperatures had been so warm before it snowed. BUT--it looks like your garden is TRYING to show some Spring.....Mother Nature is amazing, isn't she??????ReplyDelete
Hooray for spring! We had a little snow Saturday and then cold winds yesterday but this afternoon was pleasant.ReplyDelete