Sunday, March 7, 2010

Dance of Joy! Signs of Spring.

There were definite signs of spring today! The first were some ladybugs in a sunny part of the yard, it was wonderful to see them again.



Next, I was walking up my front walkway, and you could have knocked me over with a feather when I noticed this next sign of spring. A crocus (a few actually) are starting to peek through. I'm so excited about this new bed, and look forward to seeing how it develops over it's first year.


I investigated the area a little further, and saw that my 'problem child' bed is slowly melting. I had completely forgotten that I moved some lamium into it last year, so it made for a pleasant surprise.

A little ways away, Sweet Woodruff is also emerging.

I had been worried about this little globe cedar, it had become frozen into ice in a terribly contorted and flattened state, and I didn't know if it would recover. It looked as if the branches might be damaged. Now it is free of winters clutches and is looking remarkably well.

I searched the area for more crocuses, and found a few. Then I came across these lovely shoots. I suspect it is a snowdrop. I have never planted them before, so it is especially nice to see them.


Let's hope it isn't too early for this new growth, I hope to have pictures of blooms to share with you fairly soon. I realize that the pictures here are primarily brown, and may not be much to get excited about, but perhaps you can see what I see?

27 comments:

  1. Joy at the sight of new growth and life in the garden! Here, we've had two days of sun and above freezing temperatures, a welcome respite, but still plenty of snow in much of the yard. We take our victories where we see them, don't we?

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  2. Oh, I think there is plenty to get excited about! If I were you I would be dancing up the walk as well. Green growth - I can't wait!

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  3. Rebecca girl ! Yippppeeeee : )
    The sun has been shining for a few days .. later on this week we will have high temps and rain which will wash more snow away .. meanwhile I have to get out there and start moving the leaf litter off my beds (what the heck was it doing in my bed ?? LOL)
    love seeing signs of life for you and me : )
    Hey .. my name is being tossed around a lot on blogs ? LOL
    Joy

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  4. It is so exciting to see new growth appear...yay...what new adventures will soon come! Wishing you blessings of spring..and lots of new miracles of nature growing in your garden!
    Kiki~

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  5. Turn the volume up on the music and dance! Early signs of Spring are the best reasons to dance and celebrate! gail

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  6. Hi Jodi, we certainly do. When in Canada, one needs to adopt a 'glass is half full' outlook, especially this time of year.

    Hi Ms S, Now that your beds are melting it shouldn't be too much longer before you start seeing new growth. I think you're generally a few weeks behind us?

    Hi vrtlarica, I hope it is for you as well!

    Hi Joy! I thought you'd enjoy seeing your name in my post title, it's just so appropriate! I'm glad you're warming up too!

    Hi Kiki, Thanks for your great message, always appreciated!

    Hi Gail, Thanks for stopping by, I agree 100% that spring is a great reason to dance. :)

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  7. Isn't it so great to see the a new plant emerging that you recently planted? I have just fallen in love with the snowdrops that I have seen on other's blogs.

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  8. I'm glad to see you've got some signs of Spring!

    Also surprised you've got Ladybirds already even though the plants aren't fully up yet :) So exciting to see so much happening though, we can all breathe a sigh of relief (or should that be a squeal?!)

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  9. I do see what you see - little spurts of green emerging and it is so exciting to see spring wake up. I love this time of year when things begin to awaken from winters snare.
    What are your temps like now?

    Have a great day.

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  10. That's great that you're seeing signs of Spring. It's fun to look around each day or so and see what new surprises there are.
    (I left a comment on your previous post, I'm just catching up after a busy weekend.)

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  11. Yay, Rebecca, it's spring, it's spring!!!!
    I am hoping when I get up to Kilbourne Grove on Saturday, that I see some signs too!

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  12. Isn't it amazing to see little green sprouts as the snow melts back. So welcome too ;-)

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  13. Oh wow ! Green ! Sprouts ! Life ! You're there, Rebecca ! I'm so envious. It's still very white in my parts. Enjoy !

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  14. Hi Noelle, I have fallen in love with them too, I bought them on a whim and am so glad I did!

    Hi Liz, a squeal is definitely appropriate. I did actually squeal when I found the Edinburgh dahlias, the garden centre employees were laughing at me (in a nice way).

    Hi Becca, thanks for stopping by. Our temps are in the low double digits (Celcius). It isn't the most beautiful time of year, but it might be the most exciting.

    Hi Catherine, it is so much fun to see what's going on. I'll have to resume my daily garden tour to see how/what everything is doing.

    Hi Deborah, I look forward to your update from KG, hope to see some exciting things.

    Hi Lona, it is amazing. I always wonder if they are ok under there, and if they will come back again.

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  15. Hi miss m, I must have missed your posts. I am envious of your fall colours, so we're even lol. I thought of you when I wrote my meconopsis post ;).

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  16. Yes, Rebecca...I see what you see;-) It is so very exciting to me, as well! I'm experiencing these joys in my garden too--as you know...and thanks for stopping by;-) I hope spring will keep coming in quickly for you and there will be no set backs such as a late snow...but you just never know. Nature does her thing and we must go along for the ride;-)

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  17. Hi Jan, it's fun to see things through a gardener's eyes, isn't it? Funny you should mention snow, it's been snowing lightly for about the last 24 hours, so everything is under a blanket again. Last year we had a very heavy snow after the crocuses came up and the daffs/tulips were starting, it completely finished them, I hope for more blooms this year! :)

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  18. Rebecca, absolute joy and excitement to see everything emerging, blossoming, fragrance filling the air... It gives one a new perspective, doesn't it? ;)

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  19. Hi Di, I agree about the new perspective & I think it's a good one! :)

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  20. Ladybugs? Wow! We have a warm winter, but I haven't seen them yet. It's a certain sign of spring!

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  21. Rebecca, We are experiencing the same level of growth. I really think the Sweet Woodruff was green all Winter, under the snow! My sedums were, also. I enjoyed a great little walk-about this morning! :-) Happy Spring!

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  22. Hi Tatyana, I was very surprised to see them. I'm not sure where they go all winter, just buried into themulch perhaps?

    Hi Shady, I'm always surprised when little perennials stay green under the snow, but it's lovely to see as the snow melts. I have also been enjoying my walkabouts. :)

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  23. Rebecca,
    A wonderful spring awakening. It is such a treat to see what the melting snow reveals. Here I have noted some promising buds on the Hellebores, but the daffodils and tulips will be emerging before we know it. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend! :)

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  24. Hey there girl ! Isn't it exciting to see signs of Spring like this ? I love my lamium too : ) and that is strange .. we also have a wee problem with a tall cedar that had its lower branches stuck to the ice .. it must have been a bad winter for cedars darn it !
    I'm working on plans for what I have to move around .. why can't plants have training wheels until we are SURE of where we want them ??? LOL
    Joy

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  25. I think the training wheel idea is GREAT. I am a chronic plant mover. Even after I pick a spot I'll leave the plant in the pot there for a week or so, to make sure it's 'right', then I'll try other locations and end up back where I started. Then I'll dig it in, and dig it out to rotate it within the first few days - so it's facing the right way lol. I am considering moving my Blue Muffin Arrowwood, it's very close to the sidewalk and sustained some serious damage yesterday :(. I don't know if it was accidental or on purpose, but it's making me reconsider my front bed of beauties (roses, peonies, hydrangea, lilac etc...). It's *possible* that' I'm running out of space entirely!

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  26. Hi Liisa, Sorry I missed your post! (I need a better system, or *a* system lol). I'm really enjoying everyone's beautiful hellebores, it's grea that you have buds already. Enjoy your spring blooms, I look forward to seeing them! :)

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