Farm Life: Spring Flowers

Snow Drops, the first sign

In the mountains, Springs begins a few weeks before the Equinox and extends for weeks beyond that with ever-expanding waves of color from the forest floor to the fullness of the oak canopy.   As one becomes weary of the dried leaves which rise up from each melting layer of snow, a few spears of green begin to break through the remnants of last year’s forest.

Crocuses, the second sign

We almost miss the snow drops each year, mistaking them for some other spring bulb with frost clinging to the leaves.  But, every year we are surprised by the clumps which form around dormant bushes.  A few days later, usually when a warm breeze flows up from the south, the purples and yellows of the crocuses, dwarf irises and daffodils interrupts the carpet of brown across the garden.

Dwarf Irises and Daffodils

We have to thank Sue, Charlie, Murial and Staff who helped us plant the first rows of bulbs, at least 15 years ago.  These still arise each year, along with subsequent plantings and divisions of clumps of bulbs.  While each year the vegetable gardens become easier to turn with enhancement from the compost pile, the bulbs are on their own to break up the clay and rock.  Again, thanks to the initiate bulb diggers who worked with pick axes and shoves to create trenches for the bulbs.

Each variety of spring bulb lasts a few days to a week.  We have selected early to late varieties, so that while the warm fronts from the Gulf and the cold fronts from Canada vie for seasonal dominance, we have some color to awake the garden.  Soon, the April days will stay warmer, and the fruit trees with scream for attention with the dazzling bouffants.   But, for now, we will watch the bulbs push up as the snow continues to fall a few more days.

Spring snow

It will melt away by tomorrow

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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4 Responses to Farm Life: Spring Flowers

  1. The Vicar says:

    What a beautiful contrast when the seasons change from what was to what will be. Thanks for the vivid words and images. It is a great reminder of new life in a land where seasonal shifts are so subtle, and life to rushed, that were it not for the calendar we wouldn’t notice we’d passed from one season to another.

  2. Buget Busting Mamma says:

    Sadly the plum colored blossoms on the tree out back (which is really front) are turning into red leaves. Soon they will turn again to green and join the other spring green that is emerging from there winter sleep. Yes, California does have seasons. They may not be as dramatic as some parts of the world, but I like it that way.


  3. hermitsdoor says:

    We came into Washington, D.C. for the weekend. It happens to be Cherry Blossom Festival weekend. The motel at which we stayed is in the process of planting for spring. Bags of potting soil, “red” (dyed) mulch, and rows of potted pansies and marigolds sprouted up in full bloom from when we checked in yesterday to this morning. Instant Spring. Hmmmm. Marigolds do not bloom until mid-summer… I guess appearance is more important than reality.

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