Yesterday I went into the garden -- literally for the first time this year. The snow is nearly all gone and the gates are finally freed up. It was nice to walk around and dream of green.
The grapevines sure don't look like much at this stage, do they?
Despite (or maybe because of) being buried under two feet of snow for weeks on end, it almost looks like the rosemary made it through the winter. Usually it dies.
It's time to trim out the raspberry canes.
We're seeing these guys everywhere. Their hibernation is over.
Nothing stirring yet in the garlic boat, but then again it just emerged from the snow blanket.
But I pulled back a corner of the hay mulch and saw this, so it's just a matter of time.
In the orchard, the trees are budding. This is a plum.
The young hazelnut trees have catkins. We haven't gotten any nuts yet, but maybe this year?
The corn tires need cleaning up after last year's harvest.
Nothing in the strawberry beds yet, but as mentioned, they just got free of their snow blanket a few days ago.
The pond is absolutely brim-ful.
There's a still a bit of snow clinging to the north-facing slope by the water.
I scared up a red-winged blackbird from the cattails, where it nests every year.
It's always nice to hear the frogs -- a definite sign of spring.
Soon, very soon, I can get the garden planted and it will stir to life once again. Ah, spring!