Thoughts from Spring

Spring is here!!!! March 20th has come and gone, the crocus are blooming, and daffodils are coming up. Dear Readers, I just have to share my excitement with you and show you parts of the garden that are starting to come up. I spent last weekend and yesterday working outside to clean up the gardens and it was glorious.

All the Marsh Farm creatures are enjoying Spring.

All the Marsh Farm creatures are enjoying Spring.

One of my very favorite things is to watch the gardens come to life each Spring. I love checking on each plant and saying “good morning” to them. It’s like seeing an old friend that you haven’t seen in months. So let me take you around to greet our gardens.

My most prized plant popping up. Peonies from my Grandmother’s house.

My most prized plant popping up. Peonies from my Grandmother’s house.

First is the crocus. Even before I clean out the garden the crocus are there and they are so welcome. I love their early color and I love that they feed those early insects. On Sunday I even saw a bee feeding on them.

Soon behind the crocus come the daffodils and the tulip leaves. Ahhhhh. It’s just so exciting. I love these tiny daffodils. So cute and dainty. I’ll update you on the tulips as they come along.

Daffodils popping up.

Daffodils popping up.

Last week I worked to put the garden border back in place. For years we debated a garden border. I didn’t want one at all because I don’t like the plastic ones and Susan really wanted a border to keep the lawn from invading. Finally we found the perfect compromise. We use cedar shakes and I love it. It gives a border that is natural and whimsical, and it provides some good grass protection. It has lasted quite a few years and turns into fire wood when it’s too rotten. Some years it does need hammered back in place after winter but that is actually pretty satisfying.

Refreshed garden border.

Refreshed garden border.

Since we don’t cut much down in the fall so that there are seeds and cover for winter critters, this is the time that we cut things down. It’s a lot of hard work but it is so satisfying when it’s down. It also looks a little naked but that will soon change. After much cutting, pruning and raking the garden is ready to welcome the plants.

All cut and ready for Spring!

All cut and ready for Spring!

Already I see the tickseed, bachelors buttons, cardinal flower, seaside goldenrod and so many more popping up. It’s so exciting.

Besides all of the amazing plant excitement Spring brings, it also means that outdoor shower season is beginning. This will be our first Spring with the outdoor shower and I’m happy to report that we had a March day warm enough to use it and it was glorious!

Outdoor shower season is here!

Outdoor shower season is here!

I love Spring so much and I’m so excited to bring you some of that joy. I will update you as things start to fill in. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy this wonderous season.

Daffodils and Tulips,

Katrina