Friday, March 4, 2011

More Signs of Spring . . .

A few warm days and the Autumn Joy sedum's green rosettes are pushing aside the mulch . . 

Lilac buds are swelling, eager to burst free of their leafy swaddling...
The weeping willow is a veil of chartreuse-green.
And in the dark basement, last year's potatoes are sprouting . . .

I spend a little time on the porch, rubbing those spindly white sprouts off before returning the potatoes to the darkness. They'll  keep longer de-sprouted (which is why most commercial potatoes are treated with something to prevent sprouting.)

Just another sign of Spring. . .
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24 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...it was nice with a cool breese here today...purple flowers are coming up in the flower bed and green is returning to the field...i just want to inhale it all...

Marilyn said...

Exciting season with Spring showing the beginnings of her beauty. Enjoy.

Desiree said...

I'm on the flip-side of your wish for Spring - here, Autumn is approaching.
Love all the signs you're getting to enjoy :)

Reader Wil said...

The sun is shining now but it's still cold. Your patatoes remind me of the ones we had from our garden when I was young. My father grew them in our kitchengarden. He was a sailor so when he was sailing the blue wide oceans he wrote to us if we would dig up the patatoes. There were a lot of them and we had to do our homework for school as well.So you understand that we were not happy at all about it.We had to take them to the loft and put them in a dark wooden box like yours.

Martin H. said...

Spring is now so close, you can almost taste it.

Sally said...

Soon that winter fringe on the hills in your header picture will fill in with green. The waterfalls and creeks will be hidden away.

When I lived in NC, my view was very similar to yours...that's why I love to feast on your pictures.

Pat in east TN said...

It just feels so good after the winter we had!

June said...

How in the WORLD do those potatoes KNOW???

Mama-Bug said...

Vicki that lilac bud is so pretty. I wish a had a lilac bush in my yard somewhere.

Alan Burnett said...

You have caught that bud perfectly.

Helen T in SC said...

I love the weeping willow with the trees lavender behind it.

Brenda said...

Have I mentioned lately that I want your camera? I WANT YOU CAMERA. There, now that I've gotten that out of my system - the photo of the bud is breathtaking. My sedum are peeking through too. And I just read in the paper that the forecast for the next month or two is continued warm weather, and better still - more rain. Yipppeee!

Suz said...

ah ..you tell it like a writer

Darla said...

If your spring is coming, I'm optimistic that ours will follow at some point... gorgeous photos!

Louise said...

What a different vista from around here. I needed that glimpse of what will come.

Deanna said...

Shame on you to make me yearn for spring more! You plants are way ahead of ours. The daffodils are pushing up through the ground, though, so there is hope.

I'd love to have your potatoe box. I'd even let you keep the potatoes ;0

Liz said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful signs of Spring, Vicki. My purple and yellow finches have returned! Although their full colors have not appeared yet. Also the Sandhill Cranes are back - a sure sign of Spring - even though we get 18% of our 6-inch snowfalls after this date!~~

Bouncin' Barb said...

Bring it on! So ready for it.

Star said...

Lovely signs of Spring Vicki. I enjoyed looking at those. It makes me think about my garden back in England. I'm now wondering if the lilac is as far on as yours is.

Joan said...

After all the snow and chill how magic to see the little shoots appear. Such an awakening must be wonderful.

Jill said...

I just posted a very similar photo of my lilac. This warmer weather has brought it out a little too early here. Spring is in the air!

Victoria said...

Love the picture of the lilac. I wouldn't hazard a guess as to when out lilacs will bloom, the weather is just too unpredictable.

Tess Kincaid said...

Oh, the glorious willow! Your spring has sprung much more than ours. I have a lot of sedum, too. No buds yet, though.

Kath said...

WE pulled out the dead 'weeds' in the front woods. The better to see our daffodils, when they gin up the courage to appear. Snow vaguely predicted for this weekend. Sigh. I'll have to go back to your blog over and over to find the hope and beauty of spring. For now.