Thursday, April 28, 2011

Signs of Spring...finally

When we moved here, I planted some bulbs that bloom in early spring to brighten the drab dreariness of April.  Spring came late this year, the snow really hung on (and kept coming), and my harbingers of spring stayed hidden for most of the month.

So sad. 

Ahh, but today, they appeared!

Crocus

Double crocus

Snowdrop
And so I went to my garden and pushed the soil around.  It wasn't a frozen mass of soil, and it was slimy mud.  It was soil!! That means it is time to plant peas (and beets, kale, and spinach).  It is way to early to plant too much else around here, we are still going to get lots of frosts between now and the end of May.

Yes, I said end of May.  Our growing season is a bit short I guess.  It just means you have to get a little creative.

But back to the garden, I am mostly excited about planting the peas.  They are the first real crop you can harvest and I like them better than beets (which I only grow for the greens anyway).
Pea fence is IN!  Must work on the dog fence though.
Peas are planted!
WAIT! I am not done! 

Check it out, I was lucky enough to be nominated by BDD to be featured on Jason's (CookTrainEatRace) weekly Athlete's Plate.  I get to nominate someone for next week's Athlete's Plate, and I have someone in mind that I think Jason will enjoy making a menu for.  Thank you Jason, I can't wait to make everything on the menu, it all looks so good!!

27 comments:

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

OMG, finally, spring is in the air for you all. honestly, before the days of blogging, i could have cared less about the weather "up" there but NOW ...i think about you all (like when it recently snowed AGAIN) and i feel bad and want to send at least 20 degrees of our warmth your way. And I really would share if that were possible. Can't wait to see the upcoming nomination for the menu.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

YAYY!!! For spring, now I wish it would stop raining. I hope you liked the menu

Jason said...

Figures TAAN & Team FIG are the first to respond.

But let me guess....this guy Jason made the menu? LOL!!!! It is almost like my step-son who says my name 12391230483429050 times in 5 minutes.....LOL....I Love it.

Glad you like the menu and you have me a tad jealous because I don't have a garden but need one. If I could fill up this pool and grow veggies and fruit I would be much much happier that is for sure.

Kovas said...

We're almost to spring as well - it's been a really cold and wet April, but at least minimal snow. Can't believe you can have a garden but no fence for rabbits or deer!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

did the flowers make you want to ride your bike? Just looking at those pics makes me want to go ride, like right now!!!

LB said...

yay for spring and flowers!!! cant wait to read your menu!!!

Julie said...

Spring has sprung!! I love crocus!

Chris K said...

Beautiful pics.

Beets? Yuck.

That must be a monumental event to see those flowers bloom. I am happy for you. But, you have not suffered enough through this winter.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

It is about time... we will be there soon!!

Coy Martinez said...

How can anyone not smile when those flowers pop up out of the ground ?? :)

Mike said...

Love the pics and a long winter makes spring even more special. That said, the older I get the more I can appreciate a short winter.

Angie Bee said...

Its been cool and rainy here. Not really feeling like spring but we might plant in the garden this weekend and I am going to my beekeeper friends house tomorrow to check some hives.

Happy gardening and happy spring :)

DRog said...

HEY

howd you beat me to Spring?!?

85

D

Ironman By Thirty said...

YAY for spring! It is about damn time.

That is one kick ass menu Jason made for you. Now you just have to convince John to eat vegetarian for a day :)

Matty O said...

Yeah, so our soil is completely saturated. Can't even walk in our yard. No tilling the soil for another week or so.

How the heck did YOU beat me to planting this year? WTF???

Christi said...

I am so happy that you are seeing some spring! The flowers are gorgeous!

Black Knight said...

The flowers are very very beautiful. Spring is a wonderful season full of colors.

Allison said...

I wish I had a green thumb....but mine is brown..... silk plants are lucky to stay alive in my house. Good thing Bill enjoys gardening.... b/c of him I fresh jalapenos, bell peppers, strawberries, basil, thyme and cilantro!!!!

Glenn Jones said...

Ah. The signs of spring. Around here in Southern California, spring is when things start turning brown...

Colleen said...

Now that the flowers are up, mother nature can't screw with you and dump more snow on you. It's a rule! :)

Off to take a look at the menu!

Teamarcia said...

I love gardening! I just wish I had more sunny land to do it. We had frost this morning and like you, more to come.

Aimee said...

Yay for your spring flowers! And, yay for being able to plant peas! I love to garden. This year though, since we're selling our house, I won't get to have my garden..boo! Plant some peas for me!

Annie said...

Yay for Spring. I miss having an actual Spring. Here we go from Summer, to less Summer, and then back to Summer.

Anne-Marie said...

Hooray Spring! I always think of crocuses as the official sign that Spring is here.

Good luck with the veggie garden. I've always wanted to try growing stuff, but have never gotten around to actually trying anything...

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

ahhh spring, something we take for granted down here! (It's already in the 80's, blech!) Beautiful flowers!

Matthew Smith said...

It's about freakin' time for the flowers to start growing! It's beginning to look pretty awesome in Michigan with the flowers, grass and leaves. Good luck with the garden.

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