Thursday, March 19, 2015


...standing taller after the melting of the snow.



          Lone Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they
          But hardier far, once more I see thee bend
          Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,
          Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day,
          Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay
          The rising sun, and on the plains descend;
          Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend
          Whose zeal outruns his promise! 
Blue-eyed May
          Shall soon behold this border thickly set
          With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing                
          On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;
          Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
          Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring,
          And pensive monitor of fleeting years!
         ~William Wordsworth, 1819 

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 2015 ~ Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii) huddled in the Birch Walk this March at Havenwood.
Welcome to March in Pennsylvania!

Except for the early spring of 2012, most years we are just peeking out from under our snow cover from the months past and that is certainly the case this year...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rosy Plans for the Year

Rosa 'Scepter d' Isle'
Ferdinand Pichard - David Austin Roses
Rosa 'Ferdinand Pritchard'
Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'

*All Rose photos in this post from David Austin Roses, US

While the snow was still flying here in Pennsylvania and a hot cup of tea was an imperative (!), I spent an evening sitting on the floor planning out our vegetable gardens for the summertime...

Monday, March 9, 2015

Snow still here...

Sammy Squirrel getting a bit dusted looking for his sunflower seed meal. Read more about his adventures here...
 ...though maybe not for long. It is 50 degrees F today (10 C), so it is dripping away, but it will take a little bit to see the bottom of these piles!

Our snowmen from January are still standing, though leaning a bit. Are we ready for spring?.... oh, yes.
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