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Signs of spring 2015

Snowy garden

Two weeks ago, when the snow and deep freeze hit our farm, spring ground to a halt. It wasn't until this past Saturday that I felt like we were on the upward swing once again. The snow is finally melting faster than it's falling, and here and there bits of plant matter are beginning to poke above the snow.

Hazel catkins

Hazel catkins loosening and disgorging their pollen are nearly always the first spring bloom on our farm. Like everything else, I noticed the first catkin just about blooming before our snow storm...then the hazel bush went right back to sleep. But with highs above forty forecast for most of the next week, I'm betting the maple sap will start flowing and we might even hear frogs as our snow finally melts away. I sure am glad we don't live in the North!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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It is such a boost to the spirits to see these little signs of spring. Here in the northeast the robins have been here for awhile,( dont know WHAT they are eating) and songbirds have started their mating songs. We are still buried in snow, with more coming, but the sun feels warmer, and temps are finally predicted to be above freezing several days this week. We are drilling our taps today. (Wearing snowshoes) 😊

Comment by deb Sun Mar 1 07:56:25 2015

"I sure am glad we don't live in the North!"

As well you might be! Here in the north we have another month of full-on winter ahead of us. March is the most difficult month of year up here, as far as I am concerned. Much talk of spring to the south of us, while old man winter continues to pound us with frigid temperatures and significant snowfall.

"Snowbirds" up here this term refers to those who are retired and winter in the warmer states in the US. There is a reason for that!

Comment by Maggie Turner Sun Mar 1 08:19:04 2015
I'm in north GA (zone 8b) and we just heard spring peeper frogs for the first time two days ago. It is one of my favorite sounds, as it heralds the return of spring and warm weather. Hopefully yours will be coming soon!
Comment by Rae Sun Mar 1 15:40:31 2015

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