They’re here!

Two days of 50-degree-plus temperatures have finally, finally melted the huge snow piles in the front and back yards, and guess what? Guess what was under there? Go ahead, just guess!

Daffodil shoots, that’s what! Also, 10,000,000 tiny little larkspur seedlings. Looks like it’s gonna be another good year for larkspur. God bless the plants that self-sow. There are also a couple of other seedlings sprinkled around–some that might be calendula, and two that sure do look like sunflower beginnings to me.

I’m so excited. I am SO over winter. I can’t wait to get cracking on all the chores that need to be done. I have to clear out the usual ton and a half of chrysanthemum stalks, yank out the sunflower stems, do something about the tangle of dead tomato vines and tomato cages that I never quite get put away in autumn … and prune a couple of rangy rosebushes before they begin to sprout. I’ve read so much differing advice on when to prune roses, and I have to tell you, it doesn’t seem to make a damned bit of difference whether I trim mine in autumn, early winter or early spring. If the weather’s still nice this weekend, I’ll try to get to them then.

Still haven’t put in a seed order. Heating oil cost so much the last time I ordered it—$361 for a hundred gallons—that I’m feeling very frugal. Another good reason to be ready for winter to be done!

Photo by brightcloud.

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