Friday, March 18, 2011

March Yard

Over a week ago, we had a tree full of noisy roosting Red Winged Blackbirds.  This is early from what I've seen in past years.  We've seen a few American Robins all winter so can't count "first sighting" news on those big boys although they are now in increased numbers.  The skies have been full of migrating geese and ducks.

Our ever protecting lab, Harley, has been busy barking all night and sleeping days.  Lots of returning or waking wildlife to warn away.   

This Saturday, March 19, a full moon “of rare size and beauty” will rise.  It's called a super "perigee moon".  It will be the biggest in almost 20 years.  Perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter.  It will be another 20 years before we see it again.  Best seen as it sits on the horizon (or around the clouds in our predictions.)

My tulips and other plants have started breaking through the ground - about 2 inches this week.  Although ice and snow may "nip" the tips of these leaves, seldom does it cause long term damage.  Flower buds on trees may be damaged if it hits just prior to opening.  

I always error on the side of caution and don't clean off my flower beds until after May 1st.  If you live in a protected area (such as cities), or farther south, you may not have to worry as much as we do out here in the cold, windy country. 

If you haven't already - throw poppy seeds on some sunny locations.  Bring in a branch of spring flowering bushes (forsythia, crab apple, pussy willow, etc.) for forcing.  Make sure your garden tools are all ready for action.  

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want - oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  Mark Twain 

No kidding, Mr. Twain, No kidding!

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