Spring doesn't officially arrived until March 20, but I decided that spring came to my little corner of the world yesterday. It has been freakishly warm in northern Illinois for mid March. The grass is beginning to green. And yesterday several things came together in the universe to create SPRING.
|back door pansies|
|front porch pansies|
Second, while I was potting up my pansies, I saw my first pair of robins. Robins are a sure sign of spring. The house finches and mourning doves are also back. Third, the forsythia buds are getting fat and heavy, ready to burst into bloom before too long.
|Yep, more pansies, but see the |
cocoa shell mulch behind the pot?
I continued with yard clean-up yesterday, raking and bagging up leaves and debris. After raking walnut leaf stems from the side of the garage, I decided to reward myself with some cocoa. No, not to drink. I had half a bag of cocoa shell mulch left over from last year, so I spread it on the hosta bed by the garage. I think I've mentioned cocoa mulch before, but it is worth talking about again. Honey child, I do love cocoa mulch! Even the leftover mulch released the faint aroma of chocolate. I'll need to pick up some fresh bags; then I can just stand by the flower beds and breathe.
Finally, my earliest daffodils opened up. For me, that makes it official. If the daffodils are blooming, it must be spring.