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
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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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