Saturday, March 10, 2007

Spring in the Air

Even though Miss Betty, my consultant for all old timer knowledge, says there will be a frost on April 28 because it thundered on the 28th of February, I feel Spring.

The purple clover is blooming in the orchard. My husband is straining at the bit to crank the lawnmower and shear it. He says it is unsightly, but I say leave it. I do wonder what the neighbors think. If they could hear the hum, the buzz, the throb of the many insects using this section of untidy lawn, could they be swayed to see my point of view?


I caught one (actually hundreds) of my bees collecting pollen and nectar. There were also bumble bees, spiders, gnats. . .


Now, I have to get to work so I can keep up with Spring. There are bee hives to build and repair, aged manure to spread, seeds to plant. The wisdom of the old farmers' wives has spoken, so I know not to get too far ahead of myself, but with the temperatures rising, the birds singing, and trees blooming, and the bees buzzing it is hard to resist.



7 comments:

giggle said...

Beautiful pictures in your blog,i like them.

Kate in NJ said...

Thanks for the lovely pictures,
I wish I could see clover near my home, but I will have to be content that the snow has melted.

JoVE said...

The only sign of spring here is that it is warm enough for freezing rain. Evil transitional precipitation.

Angela, Mother Crone said...

I sometimes forget that you really aren't just down the street, as we have such a neighborly thing going. How wonderful for you all. I am with you...leave the sounds of spring. Just this morning, I heard the birds chirping away. Still looking for that first robin...

mull-berry said...

We are feeling it, too. I have to remind myself of the 4/15 freeze date ... it is not uncommom for Oklahoma to have a 9" snowfall in March ... of course, three days later, the temp will hit 90 degrees. To keep busy, we are preparing some raised beds. Maybe start some seeds indoors. Our purple clover is blooming also. Nice photos.

zilla said...

Our average frost dates are 6/9 & 9/17. Can you imagine? Every year Jim at the nursery shakes his head when I show up asking for tomato starts and annuals before Memorial Day. I call it optimism; he calls it a waste of time and money.

Doesn't matter. We're having a noisy thaw today, and the sound of water running off the roof has lifted my spirits.

If the clover isn't distracting the honey bees from more important tasks, I say let them feast & pollinate! Clover honey is divine!

wisteria said...

I lived in Chicago for 13 years. I remember the agony I felt beginning in February - every single year. I wanted my Mississippi early Spring and instead had dirty snow and sloshy sidewalks -even the natives were restless.

Zilla, I like your optimism! I try to push the boundaries too. If you do it successfully you have bragging rights.