After our oak trees produced a record number of acorns, I expected a long and frigid winter to follow. It was anything but. While we had loony temperature swings — 50 degrees one day and 2 degrees above zero the next — for the most part we enjoyed the warmest winter in years.
Following the February snowstorm depicted in the photo below (taken from my kitchen window) it was pretty much smooth sailing into Spring.
Here are some March highlights from the garden:
The first daffodil.
White flowering Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ and pink flowering P. japonica ‘Valley Valentine’ blooming a month earlier than usual.
Early Pussy Willows (catkins) of the Goat Willow (Salix caprea).
The stunning magenta flowering Witchhazel (Hamamelis ‘Amethyst’).
And, then, just one week later, it was Spring! (Spring photos of the garden below)
Spring photos??? Huh???
I guess Mother Nature could not resist a Last LOL.
Hot Tip: Beetles killed one of my beloved, half-century old, majestic pine trees. Instead of having it hauled away, I honored the tree by creating a garden Stumpery with its trunk. (Photos below.)
And please indulge my re-cycled oak tree, Spider Man, who rightfully demanded equal blog time. (He has managed to come thru many a winter with hat and sunglasses intact!)
Simple joys in a time of vicious terrorist attacks.