It was an exquisitely beautiful weekend on the mountain top and I felt so very fortunate to have time off to enjoy it.
Aside from cooking and catching up on a few things around the house, I spent some quality time outside, which felt amazing.
As much as I love to snuggle next to the fire with a good book on a winter's eve, when that sun comes out and spring feels so close you can't keep me inside for anything!
I grabbed the camera and a glass of Prosecco and headed out to see what's happening in the garden.
It amazes me that I have anything at all to report to you in the month of February here in the Northeast. That just goes to show how bizarre our winter has been this year.
It might not look like much from a distance but a true gardener looks beyond the obvious and is always looking for what's coming next.
I was shocked to find the bulbs I planted in the fall popping up in quite a few spots.
First of all, it's too early. Normally the garden is still under a foot of snow or more at this point.
Second of all, I thought the critters found them all - in the days immediately after I planted 240 spring bulbs, I found empty holes all over the place where the animals had dug them out.
I guess they missed some!
The Rhododendrons have some nice big fat buds. Some of the Lilac branches that had nice buds on them were eaten by the deer...I'm not sure if that means I won't get blooms on those branches? Does anyone know?
It seems some of the trees have early buds as well, although it is far too soon for that.
The chives in the veggie garden have come up quite a bit in the last week or so. I could nearly gather a handful....tempting!
Some of the plants I am attempting to overwinter in the garden cottage are looking quite well. I wonder if I should give them a sprinkle of water every now and again? Anyone know? Or should I leave them be for now?
Strawberries hanging in there in the garden cottage....I hope I get some berries this year. Last year was a bust....not sure why.
Even the pansies in the window box on the garden cottage are surviving, it seems, despite their outward appearance. See all that green growth under the frost bitten outer leaves?
Even where there is no green to be found there is still much beauty in the winter garden.
I'm surprised the birds haven't eaten all these seed heads but perhaps that's because I feed all my critters too well.
The creek at the edge of my property is still running freely, very little ice to be found.
All this spring-like weather was just a tease. Winter returns with a vengeance this week, with snow expected this evening and bitter cold temps to come.
I worry about all the little plants that think it's time to bud.
Will they make it until spring?