I enjoy displaying seasonal photos in the sidebar on my website and have been doing so for a couple of years now. It frustrated me that I couldn’t easily caption them or credit the photographer. I finally decided I would do a post every month highlighting these photos. So, here we go:These daffodils are descendants of those originally found on our property. One of the first things I did as a gardener there was dig up and divide the clumps of daffodils that were no longer blooming. Even in late April, the trees have often not leafed out. This bloodroot grew so well for me at the old house that I divided it up and used it as a ground cover under a shrub. Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) blooms earlier than forsythia but takes longer to get really showy. Some cultivars are bred to be more floriferous and some are bred to have larger fruit, for the fruit is edible. Weather can be very moody during mud season. Advection fog occurs when warm air moves over the snow pack. You can see the fog condensing on the bare tree branches and dripping off. Read the story of the Crocus Bank. The daffodils were growing on my neighbor’s property when she moved in. I dug them up for her and we divided them between us. The hellebore was an unnamed seedling from Seneca Hill Perennials. We have raised chickens for over twenty years. We let them out of their yard to scratch because the grass isn’t green yet and they have cabin fever, too. Or should I say coop fever? These self-sow along the stone wall. Did you notice they have blue anthers? The grass doesn’t turn green until the soil has thawed.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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