It’s Spring. What’s Up ?

Snowdrops coming up through the leaves

Snowdrops coming up through the dead leaves

Answer is not enough! Not enough spring bulbs up in my garden that is. And by spring bulbs, I mean the very earliest ones, Snowdrops. I had a walk around the garden to see what looked alive or what was making an effort to look alive, and I found about seven Snowdrops scattered around. These really look best in big clumps, but in my garden they have yet to clumpify, but “Yay!”, anyway.

Ivy gives a splash of green among the dead leaves of winter.

I’m grateful this time of year to see anything green, and ivy doesn’t disappoint. While it’s not actively growing, it begins to look less dead about now. I’m happy to see its waxy green leaves looking fairly perky, when everything around it is still dead and brown. Another sure sign of spring is how yellow the willow tree branches turn this time of year. I always find it comforting to see that bright yellow colour.

The lesson of spring is to remember to plant more bulbs in fall, especially early, early bloomers, like snowdrops.Problem is, come fall, you are never quite sure where to plant. Take note of bare spots in spring and place markers in the bare spots where you want to see something next spring. Markers could be fancy bought ones, or could be plastic sticks, cut-up sections of old venetian blind, or even small rocks painted an obvious colour. Popsicle sticks are probably not as effective. as they may rot. In fall, your markers will spur you on to dig holes for your new spring bulbs.

While the outdoor garden is still pretty much Deadsville, I am happy that the geraniums I bring in for the winter are blooming and putting out stronger growth with the longer days.


Single orange-flowered geranium with lime green leaves is one of my favourites.

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