Spring, Spring, Spring!

February 24, 2012


I care not one whit that the weather prophets are forecasting snow. Not a bit. We’ve had so little snow this season that the threat of even a few inches is nothing. Usually, snow forecasts in late February incite collective groans from the Northeastern population: Ugh, not more snow! But this year, it’s been a glorious winter! No late snow storm can stop me from breaking out the gardening tools and dreaming about weeding throughout the long, hot summer, no sirreeee!!!

I took a little jaunt outside (temps were up to 40 degrees today, perfect weather!). Here’s a peek of Upstate New York before spring really hits. Of course, we usually have 12-18 inches of snow on the ground normally, so….

This is my garden, currently. Pitiful, yes. I will have to take a few days off to clear it out and (have my husband) till the plots.


My spruce tree. The first year we moved here, I planted 6 of these in the backyard. This is the only survivor. My neighbors then were quite angry that I had purchased the land. It had been vacant for quite some time and they were used to using the land for their treasure-hunting excursions, driving their motorcycles around the house, and allowing neighborhood kids to smoke pot back there. One neighbor let her grandsons “play” with some saws in my yard, and they promptly hacked my little tress to bits. By the time I shooed them away, there was only this tree left in their wake. Good heavens, its been quite the trial trying to cultivate the property!


My willow tree. The deer are against me, too, lol. They nearly stripped the tree of bark before I covered it with wrap. I hope the tree survives. I was coddling it in my front garden beds for years before I plugged it in the back. *sigh*


Ah, wildlife.


This is the burn pile that awaits me come good weather (aka, rainy free). It’s leftover stuff from the renovation. To save money, we burned the lathe instead of dumping it in the landfill. It makes for some very nice bonfires during the summer!

burn pile

My rebellious English ivy. The durn stuff won’t grow up the arbor no matter how much I coax it! It insists on growing across the garden path. Well, I’ve got a surprise coming this spring!


My apple tree. It survive the neighbors AND the deer. I love this tenacious old thing. I can prune it, now, too. I hope it gives fruit this year.


Finally, the swamp that’s out back. The deer live up the hill in the forest. They come down for tasty treats from my yard twice a day. šŸ˜


So you can see I have my work already assigned this spring! I’m actually looking forward to cleaning up the mess. I neglected the gardens during the renovation summer, and then the following summer I had to work full-time. Soon it will all be green again!

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3 Responses to “Spring, Spring, Spring!”

  1. Karen and Gerard Says:

    You sure will have plenty of yard work to do this spring! At least it’s not all flooded and I can actually see your yard. I enjoyed all the pictures of the points of interest.

  2. Marg Says:

    I had a willow tree too but it died and I think it was because of all the droughts we have had. It just didn’t get enough water and they really need a lot of water. That is too bad that those darn kids sawed up your trees. Looks like you have your work cut out for you. Take care.

  3. lin Says:

    I think that ivy is a ground cover and it won’t climb up. I think it has little ground roots (not sure if that is the term) that cling to the earth as it grows on the ground. I’d put a clematis or something else on that arbor–something that wants to grow up.

    I’m itching to get out in the garden too. I see my snowdrops coming up this week, welcoming the longer days!