The bird feeders are swaying in the gusts of March winds, birds are urgently flying from feeder to tree and back again, and there is a general sense of a state of emergency in the early spring garden–it could snow tomorrow! Earlier, I had stepped out into the garden and picked up a few big fallen branches and set them onto the wood pile–this is what amounts to gardening this time of year. I scurried back inside, but not before I had taken a few snapshots of all the shoots emerging from the cold soil to remind myself that as barren as a garden may seem now, that green life is all around, just waiting for nature’s go-ahead to grow.
Chives and tarragon shoots were also coming up, as well as daffodils, and the perennial poppy. And weeds!
While we are still in the late winter gardening mode, here are two websites that I have found to be particularly enjoyable: Carolyn’s Shade Gardens has great photos of hellebores, snowdrops, and early spring flowering shrubs. And snowdropinfo.com has everything for the “galanthophile” (hardcore snowdrop lover), including a jaw-dropping gallery of snowdrops, which seem to inspire a pleasant kind of madness.