First Tiny Flowers

March 17, 2013

I did not mean to spend hours in the garden yesterday and today, but once I got outside to see what was happening I got SPRING FEVER!  I cut back some ornamental grasses and got rid of the sedum stalks.  Today I planted peas and onions outside and inside I planted more lettuce, and got some flower seeds started.

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Last fall we planted a little vernal witch hazel shrub we got at Possibility Place.  I went out today to see if it was blooming and sure enough there were a few little confetti flowers.

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vernal witch hazel – hamamelis vernalis

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Purple crocus wait for the sun to open.

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Yellow crocus.  These are the ones whose leaves emerged in January and then were covered with snow in February.  They came through beautifully.

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I noticed the striped outer layer of the flowers for the first time today.  I love the little details!

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Dan helped me to take down the old bird house and put up a Peterson bluebird house.  I think it is less attractive to sparrows.

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Last week we put up a Gilbertson PVC bluebird house.  I am not sure I have it in the right location yet.  The blue feeder on the left has rehydrated mealy worms.  I am not sure that the birds are very impressed yet…

While posting this I was heartened by listening to Il Volo sing “Smile.”  Those three young Italian guys sing it so well!

Smile, though your heart is aching.

Smile even though it’s breaking.

When there are clouds in the sky you’ll get by.

If you smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining through for you.

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3 Responses to “First Tiny Flowers”

  1. Hi, thank you for your visit! You have a lovely blog. I love this song also, but the Josh Groban version:)

  2. opreach said

    Gotta love the crocuses (or maybe it’s croci)! Thank you for following my blog. Peace, Pat

  3. Pat, I also wondered about the plural of crocus, but was too busy to look it up when I posted this. Here is what the internet says: “Crocuses” is the most common form, but the Latin masculine plural “croci” may be used as well.”

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