Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Has Sprung 2010

The season change always surprises me with how it seems to sneak up on me and happen over night. The first truly cold days of fall depress me with the thought of the long winter ahead. Then by the time warm spring days appear, believe it or not I’m always a little sad that the cozy cocooning evenings by the fire are over.

Just a little. Mostly because I’m not emotionally ready to parade my winter skin around in lighter clothing. I do, however, love the warm weather, sunshine, and greening of the landscape.

Here are a few signs of spring around our house.

Last fall, Craig planted three tiny forsythia bushes at the back of our yard. I wasn’t sure how much to expect from them this spring, but they actually produced a few little yellow blossoms.

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He has also been working on our square-foot garden for a month or so now. He’s got the whole crop rotation planned out for the year, and covers to protect from rabbits, scorching sun, or cold. A couple early crops went in a few days ago. He’s really into this. Hopefully it goes well and is fruitful.

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Our lawn is greening up, I put the spring wreath on the door, and Saturday I bought two Boston ferns to hang. Pretty soon I’ll get some flowers going in my chair planter.IMG_5525

If you look really closely, you can see a bird on the chain of the fern on the left. Pretty much as soon as they were hung, a pair of purple finches took a strong liking to the ferns. I’m not sure if they’re going to build a nest or what, but they’re fun to watch out the front windows.

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Happy Spring!

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17 comments:

Bella Michelle said...

I always have trouble with birdies in my ferns! Happy Spring.

Miss Anne said...

So lovely! That garden is adorable! (and very organized!) :)

Love the look of your home!:)

Lisa said...

Pretty! I love your greenery and wreath! The green looks so vibrant! And the bird is so cute...I always try to take pictures of the ones outside my window, but they always fly away! : )

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Love those birds on the chains -- that is awesome! I have had nests in my ferns before. Given that I am scared of birds I did not like it but I guess they were fun to watch from INSIDE!

Gina/Rustown Mom said...

What a cute front of your house - makes me want to get out there and get to work on mine...

Country Dreaming said...

Somebody's been busy!!!!!
Love the birds hanging around.

Melinda

Paula said...

It is indeed looking like spring around your house. I hope you'll keep posting about your square foot garden. That sounds like a fun experiment.

FrouFrouBritches said...

I LOVE your ferns!!! They are gorgeous! I wanted some for my front porch, but I always kill them!

Can't wait to see what happens with your little garden. FUN! Again, I kill everything. I have a black thumb!

Lucy Marie said...

I love all your spring pictures! I can't wait to hear how the square foot garden goes - what are you planting?

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

So happy to have found your lovely blog. :-)

I love the ferns........I'd love to have them on my porch as well, but I don't know how they'd do here in the PNW.

Your home is just lovely....so crisp and fresh!

Warm blessings,
Spencer

maryann said...

Love the bird!!!!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Everything looks pretty and springy!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Seizing My Day said...

I want a few square foot gardens!! =) You have a cozy little porch! and I love the birds... you should keep them! =)

FrouFrouBritches said...

Hey Holly! I nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Come on over and pick it up when you get a chance. Missin' ya! Hope things are going well.

Xazmin said...

You have such a pretty house! I'm way jealous of your SF garden. I have been wanting to try one out for years, but we never seem to get to it.

I'm the opposite about the season changes. I am soooo excited the first cool days of fall, or the first snowfall of winter, or the first warm, sunny day...and by the end of the season I am so OVER it and ready for the next one!

Kristin said...

I have birds and their nests in my ferns as well. I asked a friend and she said to buy one of those rubbery snakes at the dollar store or in the dollar toy aisle and that keeps them away. The only negative is that you have to remember that you put the snake there and not get freaked out when you see it as you are watering your plants. :)

Denise Marie said...

go figure, Holly. You get a pair of purple finches right on your front porch. lol