Although it's most definitely still winter here, and I awoke to see huge fluffy snowflakes slowly drifting downwards, I have a sort of "the end is in sight" feeling, and a sense that spring is not too, too far away. Last year, spring arrived in early March, but it was highly atypical and I shouldn't really expect a repeat performance this year.
Yesterday, whilst chomping down my toast and marmalade at breakfast time, I had my first cardinal sighting of the year. A lovely bright red, cheery looking little fellow was rummaging around in the garden, flitting here and there, and generally having a good scout of the area. For the last few years, there has been a nesting pair in the neighbour's shrubbery, adjacent to my garden, and I always enjoy watching them busily working to feed and raise their chicks.
With thoughts of spring in mind, I did some winter sowing yesterday. Have been meaning to try this for a few years, but never seem to be organized. This year, I had saved up suitable containers, and had seeds at the ready (some self-collected, some purchased). I've sown spinach, beets, swiss chard, thyme, tomatoes, platycodon & echinacea. The last two will likely produce plants for my friend's new country house.
Here are a few spring photos from last year, as a reminder of what we have to look forward to soon.
|Daffodils in my garden. They have been in the wrong location for 3 years, so this year I really must move them after flowering.|
|These muscari have formed nice big clumps after a couple of years.|
|This combination of rich burgundy tall tulips with shorter bicolour ones between comes from the display at the Toronto Botanical Garden.|
|Anemone blanda - I loved these when I saw them at the Botanical garden, and had meant to get some in the fall for my own garden, but it was forgotten. Next year!|
|In a white scheme, some lovely, clean looking anemones formed a carpet under later blooming white irises. I love the upturned habit of these particular anemones....the ones in my garden are lovely, but tend to have their heads cast downwards.|
|Stunning peony at Toronto Botanical Garden|
|Like the anemone blanda, I was really excited about these camasias when I saw them last spring. Must remember to look for the bulbs this year.|