Sunday, March 24, 2013

March Madness...

Now is the time when everyone is talking about march madness; from car dealers to sports fans and even, yes, we gardeners say it too. I think it used to be called spring fever, but with the bubonic plague, scarlet fever, brain fever, quotidian fever, tertian fever, and the fever by Ray Charles I think that as a society we have begun to  look down on fevers in general. Madness has a much nicer ring. It rolls around your tongue like vintage port.
And so, the March madness is seemingly upon an entire nation. Minds are turning to warmer happier days and spring is officially here (according to the calendar) even if, like most political take overs, there are behind the scenes, wranglings and a few free radicals running loose and dropping snow at random. The tide has turned, though and we are on the upswing. Ask not what spring can do for you, but what you can do for spring!
After yesterday's cold start but beautiful sunny day, I told my wife this is just goes to show you that denial is more than just a river in Egypt. I won't use any names, but someone cold and past his allotted time has it running through his veins. She only said that winter wasn't the only one on the banks of the nile. I'm not sure what she was talking about, but I'm sure spring is here to stay and there won't be any more cold days until late September or October.
Our hummingbirds sure think its spring though. As usual, they are congregating and catching up on old times at the flowering currents.

Sunny weather is a good time to get a head start on the spring projects too. Keeping weeds at bay, getting out the supports for floppy perennials, fertilizing, filling bird feeders, mowing, preparing paver patios, building swingsets, cleaning the garage... just the little things that make the endless job list. ;)

I hope you all had a fun weekend and maybe even got some work accomplished!


  1. What a beautiful photo! I need that plant!!

  2. :) Yes, winter is in denial - but he can't stick around much longer! I mean, it's almost April! Seeing hummingbirds is a good sign! Great photo!