Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Spring is here

Last fall I decided to replant my Spring flower bed.  When I planted it years ago I was still in my row crop farming mentality.  The Daffodils and Tulips were planted in nice rows and looked very tidy.  I have since learned that flowers are not planted in rows in flower bed designs.  To have a good display one must plant in groups with odd numbers of bulbs in each group.  I don't know why an odd number makes the group look more like nature but it's supposed to be more of a natural look.
So I set out to follow all the rules of flower bed design the best I could.  Four Spring flower bulbs were used.  Tulip, Daffodil, Hyacinth, and Crocus were all planted according to height.  Tall in the back and shorter in the front was the rule.  

The picture above was February 15th and I think it's either a tulip or a hyacinth.  Each year I'm amazed at the appearance of the Spring flowers.  This is about the right time for the Spring flowers to come up.  I've always read that the flowers know when to start growing because of day length but really?  The ground is still mostly frozen and bulbs are buried under the ground.  How do they know how long the day is.  Besides almost every day this month has been overcast without sunshine.  It's a marvelous mystery of nature to me.

I've been seeing flocks of Robins sitting in the trees.  I'm guessing they're waiting for the ground to thaw out so the worm harvesting can begin.  We are to get three days of 60 some degrees so that should help with melting the last of the snow and thawing out the ground.  It will be good to be back out in the garden once again.

Keep the faith Spring is not far away and soon digging in the dirt will begin.


  1. I'm so glad to hear you're on the schedule for some warm temps. Just got in from my morning walk--a nippy MINUS 11 degrees, but layers (and layers!!) keep me warm. You can just "feel" the difference, despite the cold. The sky is brighter, and even the birds are a bit more talkative.
    It won't be long for you. I've still got another solid month before I will even see some ground, but the seed starting is in full swing for some perennials and ornamentals.
    Enjoy the day. Good to see a post from you again!

  2. That is likely a daffodil. I'm amazed at what I've seen sprouting in the garden. I always wait until March to start cleaning up bed and really checking on the sprouts. Can still get snow on it. Enjoy those flowers!!!

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