Hello from Starrywood! It’s New Year’s Eve, and we’ve got crazy warm weather.
It’s my first blog post from Harrisonburg, Virginia, so here’s today’s beauty from our new home.
I’m continuing with the spring theme today. I saw daffodils open for the first time this year.
The weather roller coaster of January 2013 continues. Last week we had single digit (°F) temperatures. Today and tomorrow, we’re topping out over 60 °F. And then it gets colder again.
Finally, I had meant to mention the tulip poplars two weeks ago. I was writing about trees with easily identifiable winter features – like the retention of dead leaves. Tulip poplars are also quickly spotted right now. (Well – they’re actually pretty obvious year-round because of their tall, straight shape.) But right now they’re topped off with seeds that look like dried flowers.
(Photo by Didier Descouens)
That’s this week’s update. Snow melting, mud puddles forming, green plants pushing through the dead leaves… It feels like it’s nearly Lent.
We left for a weekend and the weather turned warm. Guess what happens next…
I have to mow.
But I also get to enjoy the gardens. Here’s what we have this week.
Today we’re celebrating Middle Daughter’s birthday (a little early). It was a beautiful day for a celebration, and I got outside to snap a few pictures of the new growth in the front flower bed.
Because it was such a lovely day in the Chicago ‘burbs, I needed to take at least one breath of fresh air at lunchtime. When I stepped outside, this is what I heard:
Hooray for the spring peepers!
(BTW – I recorded them just a few feet from the front door!)
And for good measure, here are some additional pictures from our garden at home (taken this morning):
(L to R: blooming maple; the whole flower bed is turning green; hyacinths making an appearance; crocus; daffodils)