I have a Bird in spring

I have a Bird in spring
Which for myself doth sing —
The spring decoys.
And as the summer nears —
And as the Rose appears,
Robin is gone.

—Emily Dickinson
I saw my first robin yesterday. I don’t know if I’d just been missing them as they scurried around the yard looking for worms, or if it’s truly when they first appeared. Regardless, I now know that spring has actually arrived. The robins have left their sheltered winter habitats – maybe in the nearby forest – and are back to scavenging in my yard.
The lilacs started sending out growth just before March 16. I was so excited, I sent a plethora of photo messages to my husband who was out of state at the time. I was even too excited to get the picture into focus. (Whoops.)
Lilac Plants March 16, 2016
I planted a bit less than half a pound of Inchelium Red softneck garlic this past fall. I was really late getting it in the ground – I want to say it was even November. This of course led me to be very concerned about how things would go this year. Once I noticed the lilac leaves budding, I started paying more attention to the beds that I had covered with straw.
On March 16, pulling back the straw a little, I saw a tiny shoot. An intense aroma of garlic hit me as I disturbed the straw, which I felt must be a good sign.
Garlic on March 16, 2016
By April 7, they’d looked like this:
Garlic on April 7, 2016
Today, I was out planting some sugar snap peas (64 peas, to be exact). The kids and I counted 28 sets of garlic leaves poking out of the top of the straw.
Garlic on April 14, 2016
Given that my household is comprised of extreme garlic lovers, I’m not sure that 28 heads of garlic will be enough…. I might have to save a pound or two for next year!
 Now that the garden adventures have started, you should be hearing a lot more from us – and more frequently.

We just welcomed some new family members to our “farm” – a pair of papered Netherland dwarf rabbits for showing for 4-H. The gardening has begun – edible and pollinator-friendly. I have a ton of photos already.

I’m back to my favorite mental health regiment… gardening and writing. 😉 See you around.

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