First daffodil today…

Today our first daffodil bloomed. What a breath of pure springtime it was, but this one won’t last. Tomorrow it will be gone.

New bloom!

Last week we experienced several delightful warm days culminating in a pretty steamy 80°. Everyone I saw was in shorts and tees, driving convertibles, walking dogs, lunching at cafe tables outside of restaurants.

Me? I was having dirty thoughts… that is, thoughts of getting my hands in the dirt. It was impossible to think of anything but planting so I spent the three days scouring the surrounding area for nurseries that had ANY flowers, herbs, shrubs. And I did come home bearing herbs… lots of herbs and some pansies, a hose, more mulch, and compost.

For two days, I designed, then raked, dug, composted, edged and mulched a precious new kitchen garden. I planted succulent little herbs around a small birdbath. I whistled while I worked. Neighbors who strolled by commented how nice things looked, but I noticed no one else was gardening. Everyone seemed to be outside but not one person was raking, edging, dragging mulch or hose here or there like I was.

Now I know why. I know why the sales lady told me not to plant the herbs. I know why the nurseries were bare. I know why the neighbors walked instead of gardened. Tonight we are having a hard freeze. Already the water in the birdbath has turned to solid ice. I wonder what my neighbors were really thinking when they saw me toiling in the soil. I wonder what they thought today as they saw me dragging out towels to cover the plants. “Silly girl… Doesn’t she know this is Zone 5?”

 

 

8 thoughts on “First daffodil today…

  1. Everyone told me, when I first moved here, that you shouldn’t plant until Memorial Day Weekend. Last frost date is May 20th so that makes sense as a rule of thumb, but it takes patience and forbearance to wait that long. Still, the plants always do better if I wait… This year I’m going to go ahead and buy my herbs early, but keep them in a sunny spot indoors until it’s time.

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    • Amazingly, they all made it due to a portable mini-greenhouse I bought and assembled this weekend. There’s a nifty handle on top to transport from border to border when needed. That and the towels saved the herbs! Daffodil? Gone….

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