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signs of spring

 
 
JPB
 
Reply Sat 19 Feb, 2005 10:27 am
It's still mid February and my annual case of cabin fever is in high gear. I'm reveling in the increasing daylight but with lows still in the teens and 20s and highs in the 20s and 30s, I'm in a bit of a funk. I thought I would start a thread where you all could cheer me up, or perhaps make me jealous, by sharing what you've seen where you are. It will give me hope that spring will arrive if I'm patient enough.

In northern Illinois everything is still quite dead and brown. I guess I can pretend that the forsythia branches are looking a bit more green but nothing like a bud showing yet. I heard a phoebe this morning. Do they migrate south for the winter or have I just not been able to hear it through the sounds of the furnace running?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sat 19 Feb, 2005 10:36 am
I had to mow my lawn last week!

I'm planting peas next week!

Spring is coming freakishly early in Oregon this year. I've seen a lot of stuff sprouting.

You are more than welcome to fly out and mow my lawn.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 19 Feb, 2005 10:38 am
I am wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt.
it is almost 70 here.
warm with a cool drizzle-not quite rain.
AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Very Happy
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 19 Feb, 2005 10:47 am
I think jealousy will become the predominate emotion. Although mowing Boomer's lawn wouldn't be on my chosen list of activities, planting peas and wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt certainly would.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 19 Feb, 2005 10:52 am
JB - I saw some snow drops blooming this past week in a sunny protected little area. Not the property I rent at, though, as it is still mostly under snow.
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Lady J
 
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Reply Sat 19 Feb, 2005 02:32 pm
Where I live in Northern California it oh so very, very rarely ever snows (like once every 5 years and only a few inches max), but we do get a lot of rain. And almost too cold for my liking....low 30's at night! I am far from a cold weather person! If its not 75, I'm cold darn it! (spoiled brat)

Like Boomer said about Oregon, it seems that spring is coming very early this year. We have many trees with pretty pink or white blossoms on them and some of my annuals are beginning to poke there heads up just to see what's going on.

We are in such contrast to you in your area....winter time is always green because of all of the rain. It is our summertime when so many things dry out and turn brown....or golden as people prefer to say here In California, hence the name, The Golden State. I remember just the opposite growing up in the midwest, where summers were so lush and green and.... humid. Smile

Hang in there J_B. I know how winters can be so dreary and cabin fever starts to run rampant. Keep thinking of that day so very soon to come, when you can once again rejoice in the sweet essence of spring! Smile
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sat 19 Feb, 2005 02:37 pm
It got up to 73° today here in the Southwest. The first thing I did after I got out of bed was to put on my riding gear and go out for a bike ride. It's been too long since my last ride, and riding the rollers just doesn't cut it.
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JPB
 
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Reply Tue 15 Mar, 2005 10:37 am
It's now mid-March and everything is still brown and covered in snow. The sun is starting to feel a bit stronger and this week is supposed to be in the 40s, so I'm hoping things will start to move a bit. I cleaned out my kitchen garden last week and added some compost. It's in a protected area so I can plant my lettuce, arugula, cress, spinach and cilantro this week sometime. Just digging in the dirt was wonderful.

I was in St. Louis over the weekend and saw daffodils in bloom and greening of the grass. They're about 300 miles south of us so probably 6 weeks or so ahead towards spring.
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Tue 15 Mar, 2005 10:46 am
>>sigh<< calls for a few snow showers today here. Sucks ass. Suppose to be up to a whole 44 degrees by March 24th. Whoopee.
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Crazielady420
 
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Reply Tue 15 Mar, 2005 10:48 am
I live in MA.. and it is supposed to snow a little today or rain... they can't ever decide... we've already got enough snow.. I just want to feel the warm spring breeze and I love the smell of the spring air.. I can't wait to open all the windows in my house and let the sun shine in!!!Plus I go crazy during spring cleaning
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 02:50 pm
I'm going to pretend, through squinted eyes, that my lawn is turning green. I can't say outright that it's green grass, but I only have to half pretend. It's kind of mossy green and brown, which is definately an improvement over just plain brown. I'm taking whatever little signs I can get.
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kickycan
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 02:57 pm
Tomorrow is the first day of spring, ain't it? We're supposed to get f*cking snow showers!!! What the #*&@!!!
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 03:04 pm
Even here it's cold and miserable http://www.mainzelahr.de/smile/boese/zeter.gif
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Francis
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 03:24 pm
But here in Europe in many places weather is pretty fair and flowers are coming out Laughing
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 03:32 pm
Yeah, yeah, I almost can see you gloat in it.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 03:58 pm
Well between my last and current posts, not much progress has been made. The bulbs started to pop up back then, then everything got smothered in snow. Now they're coming back. I walk all over my neighborhood looking for bulbs this time of year. I've seen iris cristata, crocus, snowdrops and squill - but, mostly in very sunny, protected spots.

In MY yard, we stil have 2" to 2' of snow. There area couple edges that have thawed and I just saw some crocus tips pushing up out of the ground.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 04:15 pm
I have snowdrops outside and ants in the kitchen.
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2005 11:14 pm
that's a sure sign of spring, Noddy.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 20 Mar, 2005 10:48 am
Ants!

I have crocuses and lots of shoots everywhere -- daffodils, irises, others I can't identify yet.

Yesterday I saw a BEE in the crocus! That's pretty darn springy!

Today it's gray and rainy, which is springy in its own way but not my preferred brand of spring.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 20 Mar, 2005 10:52 am
Snowdrifts between 2 and 4 feet still on the side of the road, and on the lawns here. Snowing lightly now.
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