After a weekend of rain, about 2" total, and a very gray day yesterday, it's invigorating to see the sun this morning. We've had lots of drippy, foggy weather lately which hasn't done much for drying out garden soil or perhaps even driving the frost out of the ground. What we need now is a noticeable rise in temperature with some warmth to convince us spring will actually arrive.
Yesterday I finally could see little buds of daffodils pushing up through the soil. Well, it's about time! No great showing yet, but at least they're still alive. My chives are about 2" high, but looking as though they could use an infusion of warm weather. The horseradish root planted last year has green shoots about the same height as the chives.
The snow down at the far south end of the garden next to the woods line is always the last to melt. But considering only the very tip-tops of these haskap berry bushes were visible for most of the past winter, you can see that about three to four feet of snow has melted.
These are the last of my yellow onions from last season. I still have about 1/3 of a milk crate of red ones in the basement, but a few of them are starting to show healthy sprouts. Darn. Not much to do because they have a way of knowing when it's (technically) spring and they have the urge to start growing.
This year for the first time we've had a small "pond" form in the middle of our backyard/driving area. This morning we can tell it's decreased in size considerably (maybe the frost is coming out of the ground) from what it has been. But why did it appear this year? I suppose the frost in the ground formed in a different configuration? At any rate, it does seem to be going away, but we may end up having to fill in a low spot when all is said and done. It was a sight to see this weekend when a gorgeous Wood Duck landed in the puddle and tried to paddle around. We also have seen a pair of Mallards and what we think are Bufflehead ducks (not sure of that identification) on our real pond. All the ice has left the pond and the run-off from the hills behind us has filled it to about a quarter inch of flowing over the overflow! A darn sight different than the pitiful puddle it shrank down to last summer.
We have one of the new landscaping berm boxes finished. (Thanks to our daughter's carpentry skills and effort.) Pictures will be coming soon!