We had such a mild time of it last year that we had Daffodils in flower up the lane before Christmas!!!! It seems much more like the time of year should do this year. Maybe the Snowdrops will get here before the Daffs as they should in late January.
Just read that England has a "level two cold alert" in effect.....OMG its going to get down to almost freezing in some places....... Meanwhile we are at a balmy +7 as the white covering starts to melt......
They seem early this year.... Well up the lane the Daffodils are just poking a small green shot above the surface. This tome last year the poor confused things were in flower! The Snow drops should be out very soon now. The first flower of the year unless those precocious Daffs beat them to it. The birds are becoming much more vocal also. Come on Spring!
Well up the lane the Daffodils are just poking a small green shot above the surface. Come on Spring!
Oh bloody hell........ you do this to me every year, here I am just in from clearing another major dumping of snow from the driveway and can hardly see the tops of the 3' markers along the edge of the driveway garden and you are talking of budding spring flowers..... sigh Haven't even yet thought of firing up the greenhouse heating bed and planting a few seeds for transplant after the last frost in late May.... Just going to have to live vicariously via your upcoming descriptions of spring in Jolly Old I guess. LOL
Oh sorry Kanuck! I remember Uncle Toms photo`s of birch trees covered in glistening snow and icicles against a brilliant blue sky when I was a child and wishing it could be like that here.... Are you saying the novelty has worn off a bit? lol
Yes indeed those photos and drawings were very special and do reflect how beautiful things look out the window with the snow hanging on the trees and the sun shining on the unblemished white........ Today after the routine 'let us see if we can find and clear the driveway' the SUN CAME OUT, a quite rare occurrence of late and it moved me enough to take this pic of our front yard....... Enjoy, its very pretty if you dont have to shovel it LOL.
We just received a rare full day of bright Febuary sun ....... that felt sooooo good, just the bright light (a lot of it reflecting off the snow still on the ground) just chased the winter blahs away. Mrs K and I sat out in the (unheated) solarium / greenhouse for a bit but had to move back into the house because it was TOO HOT sitting in direct sunlight!! More of the same promised for a couple of days yet, loverly.....
My lawn needs a cut to level the clumps of grass that have appeared. February is early though and apart from that it will take half a day to get to the lawnmower in the shed. (not THAT shed) This will piss Kanuck off I know. Daffodils! Crocus, Snowdrops and even a few Primrose here now.
Ha ha, I DO have a primrose coming into flower ..............in the greenhouse ! Those few sunny days all done now, several days of RAIN forcast....... at least we dont have to shovel that although we may need skates to get down the drive!
Just returned from our first hike around our forest trails, not bad out in the sun at +7 but a little chilly in shady places which are not too many yet as Maples, Ash and other hardwoods have yet to leaf out. Having run out of firewood this year I see I have a good start on where to go to get more as winter storm damage has taken the tops off several Maples, with the tops down it makes it much easier to drop the remaining 20' or so without wearing it eh. No flowers showing in the bush yet as still some snow in shady areas but should see the Hepitica and wild Leeks popping up very soon. After a winter of basically sitting on my arse the 1/2 hour or so hike certainly made me aware of how out of shape I am but the arthritic knees held up so did not have to crawl back home. Those first few trips back with chainsaw to hand are going to be tough but I am sure both the mind and the body will be better for a little sun and exercise ........ just is not going to be a job for today!!
Forgive me please as I should have reported this sooner..... but we got pissed. Spotted very first swallow on Friday. Well I think I did but did not get a second conformation sighting. But on Sunday they arrived! AND moved into our out building immediately. JOY. Anyway we took bubbly to our neighbours and were able to sit in the sun with them and drink it and two bottles of red as well. A lovely time spent watching them and enjoying company. I officially declare spring is here and summer will be along soon.
So...... after a mild frost first thing the Mrs and I took our annual 'Mothers day walk" around our woodland trails ( I know, I know, we were a day late.... that seems to sum up my life off late). Generally to Trilliums, Trout Lilly and wild Violets are all out about now and we were not disappointed in that regard, also lots of new growth of other forest flowers and even many self seeded Maples looking good. Also saw much work to be done back there, several standing dead trees and some already taking a rest on the forest floor calling for me to 'rescue' them for next winters firewood. The ever increasing sunlight give me a little more ambition but my Knees are crying uncle even after a half hour walk so carrying the chain saw back there and actually doing something may take a while to get to!! Summer is finally here in SW Ontario, forecast 27c Wed......
so autumn is upon us again. September has been quite the disaapointment. usually rubbish summer weather results in an indian summer September. but no, its been a bit warm , a bit cold, a bit wet, a bit dry. like the rest of summer but with darkness by 8pm.
but the fireberry bush is glowing, the squirrels are digging, the washing is still going out on the line.
totally blackberry fail round here this year. just dead on the bushes. too much rain or not enough sun?
this afternoon I was walking and heard an ice cream van. in my head I said 'ICE CREAM' and this echoed over a nearby garden fence as I heard a young kid shout 'ICE CREAM!!!'.
I pilfered some overgrowing, dead, lavender heads and brought them home for scent bags and enjoyed the autumn sun. the nettles seem to be having another round but all the leaves on the trees are turning crispy, there was a pile of fallen, orange-coloured wild plums.