March 20, 2010 – the first day of spring. It is presently 39 degrees and that threatens to be the high for the day with a rain/snow mix expected later – but by Tuesday it will be back in the 50’s – so it really is spring.
The cardinals have been out all winter – but I think this one was in search of a mate yesterday. He was singing up a song.
The llamas were enjoying the sunshine and the increasing amount of green grass – much preferred over dry hay.
I, of course, spent some time with the bees. There were plenty out on the porch, cleaning the porch, bringing out the dead (I watched two bees fly off with dead bees – I was surprised how far away they would take the body – further than I could see them), and bringing in pollen. The pollen is in the pollen baskets on the sides of the bees back legs – they look like little yellow flotation devices. Look carefully in this picture and you’ll see two types of pollen – a light yellow from the maple trees and a bright orange from the crocuses. [You should be able to click on the picture to see it bigger.]
These are my early bloomers. They start short but will grow while blooming.
My friend at Nyack Backyard knows everything that is coming up in her garden (or she fakes it well). I know this is garlic – because I marked each clove I planted (note the orange flag). If I’m too slow to harvest the garlic mid-summer it is very hard for me to find the heads if I haven’t marked their location when I plant them.
Has spring sprung for you yet?