Spring is my favorite time of year and we’ve been waiting for it for a long time in New Hampshire. Last month felt more like winter at times but today we’re jumping right over spring and landing smack dab in the middle of July. As May rolled around, it brought us a hot 87° today beneath a blazing sun with a few similar days in the immediate forecast.
Tulips that were glorious and happy in our cool April, opening each morning and closing at dusk, are prostrate and sad-looking in the almost 90° heat. They like it cool.
The last several days were chilly enough for me to wear a fleece while working in the garden, edging the borders, and even covering the young tomato plants against the nighttime frost. Today it’s shorts, short sleeves and lots of sunscreen. I should be at the beach but instead I’m tending to the garden and all the newly planted plants with undeveloped root systems.
I’m caring for newly planted lettuce in the garden that is flagging and keeping the soil from drying out too fast in newly planted flower containers. Some containers I’ve moved to the shade. Baby grass that was beginning to grow has faded. The hose is ready, waiting and being used today!
In spite of the weather, nature seems to prevail. Good news is that our hummingbirds returned two days ago. I had the nectar waiting and our two males are already fighting and fussing with each other over two feeders. We happily welcomed the return of the catbirds, the chipping sparrows, the phoebes, and the pine warblers. Most of the winter birds have migrated to their breeding grounds and now we watch as our neighborhood avians claim territory and build their nests. It’s a happy but busy time in nature!