Thursday, March 15, 2012

It Even Feels Like Spring in the Garden


We have had rare March weather here with a high of 77 degrees yesterday and it is to continue for a week more.
Needless to say that is why we are having severe thunderstorms this morning. The thunder, lightening and hail has rolled and rolled for hours now dumping 3 inches of rain on us up here in the hills. Now flood warnings are our for the lower valleys below us.
The warm temperatures have made the maple trees burst into flower.

IMG_6264 I can see green starting to show in the woods around the house.

The earlier blooming daffodils that I snapped pictures of Tuesday are laying flat on the ground with their blooms in the mud after this mornings hail and drenching rains.

Luckily I have later blooming daffodils because I do not know whether these poor things  will get straightened back up.

The Candytuft is getting buds and will be opening very soon now.

Along with the primroses. And hyacinths buds are almost ready to bloom.

Not all of the crocuses were yellow as it turned out and these look a lot better than beat up yellow ones do.

I could not resist getting a couple of flowers while we were at the conservatory last Saturday to bring some sing color indoors.

I have terrible luck keeping begonias but I had to at least try these pink beauties one more time.

Cyclamen2 The Cyclamen was half off so it decided to come home with me too.

I have been sewing new cushion covers for the porch furniture since the old stray cats ruined the cushions last summer. Maybe I can even get a fresh coat of paint on the furniture this week while it is warm and get them put onto the front porch.

Spring officially arrives here Tuesday but it really feels like it around here this week for once. Our spring entrance here in Ohio is usually brought in with snow flurries and cold weather. I am still hoping it does not come back to bite us later instead and ruin fruit trees and flowering shrubs.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


These things I warmly wish to you-
Someone to love
Some work to do
A bit o' sun
A bit o' cheer
And a guardian angel always near.

And Happy Gardening,




Patsy said...

We will be getting your rain tonight. I have spring and a little summer in my garden, one of my rose's has a bud.

Beyond My Garden said...

Hasn't this weather been delightful? We had the same thunderstorm though probably an hour later. Each clap of thunder really brought out the turkey gobbles. Did you have that wonderful sunrise or was your rain enough earlier than ours here in Waverly that it didn't happen for you?

Astrid said...

An early spring is both good and bad - good in that we get to see our flowers blooming but bad because the bad weather is not completely over and can damage some of our favourites. Oh well - Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with!

HolleyGarden said...

Sorry to hear about so much rain - flood warnings does not sound like a nice spring. But the plants will love the rain, and I bet they burst open as soon as the sun comes out! Happy St. Patrick's day to you, too!

Becca's Dirt said...

Pretty daffs and hope they do spring back for you when the sun shines. Hope you don't have any flooding. What a beautiful begonia you bought. I love those soft full petals. Crocus is pretty too. I hope that all the cold weather is gone for the season. I expect that we are going to have one-long-hot-summer.

Bernie H said...

Love those purple Crocuses! They always create a little flower envy in me every time I see them. It sounds like you've had some very decent rainfall, which I'm sure the plants are just loving.

I can understand why you absolutely needed to bring that pretty Begonia and Cyclamen. They certainly do add some gorgeous colour inside.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I keep looking at the Candy Tuft at the garden center. I have lots blooming right now, need more summer I talk myself out of buying them. silly me.
Love that pink begonia, how pretty.

A Garden of Threads said...

Oh dear, nasty weather. It has been very warm here as well, I spent most of yesterday in the garden cutting back ornament grasses, etc. Today I ache,lol:)

Phillip Oliver said...

It has been feeling like summer lately. Warm enough for shorts! Your daffodils are looking quite spectacular.

Sunray Gardens said...

Very pretty Lona. Worked in the gardens the last two days. Rain now so nothing today but atleast I'm getting some things done.
Cher Sunray Gardens

leavesnbloom said...

You know Lona you've just reminded me that I've been missing candytuff in my garden for a few years and I should really buy a few seedpackets. Love your St Patricks GIF too.


I love that begonia. Of course, it's pink! And the foliage on your primrose is so ruffled and pretty. I'm so glad you're getting nice spring weather. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you don't get a return to winter.

Alistair said...

Your flowering plants are looking great in this early Spring. Candytuft, such a long time since I heard this old fashioned beauty mentioned. Hope the Daffs straighten up after the storms go over.

myomyohi said...

Hello. We have missed most of the storms. We've been right on the edge the last few days... lots of thunder, lightning very close but we haven't actually been hit by it. Everything is greening up here too. Going to work yesterday morning the roads were covered in tree buds where the trees are trying to bud, and the wind and rain have beat them off.
I can say I'm glad its rain and not snow.

Karen said...

Hello Lona! I feel exactly the same way you do, I just came in from walking the dogs and it is downright HOT outside. This just isn't normal. We haven't had the storms at all, which is a surprise, usually if it gets this warm, we're in for severe weather. I hope your weather settles down, hail is so damaging. I still think there's a blizzard just waiting to drop a foot of snow on us.

I love the begonia, what a delicate shade of pink and gloriously shaped petals. I have no luck with them either, but I'd have bought it too!

sweetbay said...

You are getting the same early warm temps that we are, and I too am sincerely hoping that it doesn't get cold again and zap everything that has come out!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Lona,
I'm sorry you had that bad weather. Our temps are warm, too, but without the rain. We may get some next week. We need it, hopefully without the hail.

I love that pink begonia! I hope it does well for you.

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Your daffodil pictures bring great joy. I love to see them bloom each year.