Saturday, February 23, 2008

Where is Sweet Spring?

Today's newspaper featured an article warning that we shouldn't get too enthusiastic about preparing and planting our gardens, as it is still winter even if the sun is shining and the days are warmer. I know it's easy to rush the season, but this time of year --- the time between winter snows and springs green seems to be such a long time. During a walk around the block one day last week the fragrance of freshly turned soil in the neighbor's blueberry field was enticing and earthy. It made me so eager for spring! Today we again went out in search of signs of spring. There weren't many. Dried sagebrush, brown grasses, and bare trees --- nothing showed signs of growth or fresh green color. A bald eagle stared at us from a tree-top; flocks of coots in the river were startled as we drew near. A tugboat pushing three barges of wheat passed by, providing something else interesting to observe. Our walk over, we drove to the hydroelectric dam just in time to watch the barge pass through the lock. Sunset and calm along the river ended a beautiful day; just one day closer to spring.

Hurry, fair spring, please hurry!


  1. Anonymous5:59 AM

    I too am ready for a break in drab brown coloring.

  2. We are having spring here. My azaleas are in full bloom. I bought some flats of petunias and snaps this weekend and hope to get them planted today. We're supposed to have a night or two in the thirties this week, but hopefully no freeze!

    I've loved looking through your wildflower embroideries, etc.

  3. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Spring is just starting to show it's pretty head. Crocus are blooming, tulips and daffodils are showing there leaves, roses have the red leaf bud, and other trees are starting their swelling at the tips of the branches. I can't wait!

  4. WE had such gorgeous spring weather here last week, I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn't the real deal yet. First come the rains and then the flowers. I need to tie a string around my finger to remember.

  5. Amen and amen! Even though I have a few crocuses out, it seems like everyone else is taking SO LONG to come alive. My soul longs for the spring, in full bloom.

  6. I am anxiously awaiting spring too. It was a nice day today but colder temps and rain on the way.

  7. I clipped off a bunch of stuff in my beds this past weekend (stuff that could have been clipped last fall). Many of my tulips are up, but I couldn't find any crocuses. Today I was looking around again and I finally found a crocus!

    Spring is on the way.

  8. One of my students is visiting Kennewick later this week. I told him to get ready for more springlike weather than we have. That was a favorite part of the Tri-Cities... early spring!

  9. I cannot wait for spring either. Thanks for sharing a wonderful blog.

  10. hi, stopping by to invite you to join in the fun over at my blog.(several drawings)
    oh..Spring will be here before you know it. If it is any consolation the Robins have been flocking down here..which means Spring is definitely in the air.


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