Thursday, April 2, 2015

It's About Time!

The 9 inches of snow we got last week melted

and spring is finally showing up here in the North.



Miniature iris, also called Dutch iris.





Raspberries, before pruning.



A work in progress -- the third year canes removed from the plants in the foreground. And that's where I will be working again today.






And the best news: the day after the last nine inches of snow finally departed, I librated the rhubarb bed from its winter cover of maple leaves and look what was already there!


If you remember how much my family loves rhubarb pie, you know I was doing a happy dance in the garden!




"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." - Margaret Atwood

No problem, I think I've got that covered!



  1. Glad you snow is gone. I can't get iris to bloom here, they grow, but no flower.

  2. Glad for you that the snow has gone, I too did a happy dance when I saw my rhubarb was still there a few weeks ago. Its the simple things in life that make us happy.

  3. I remember my grandmother mixing rhubarb with strawberries for a wonderful pie!

  4. You had to go and mention Rhubarb of my favorites! I do have some rhubarb in the freezer:) Looks like you have a good start on spring with those beautiful flowers:)

  5. Cynthia, your rhubarb is fantastic. A long time my mother in law had it but now has disaapeared. Have a nice, happy and healthy Easter. I hope my flowers which I have bought for you will grow perfectly in your garden. Gosia

  6. Oh how happy you must be! Lots of work to start on in the garden. I've never tasted rhubarb. Have fun!

  7. Starting to blossom up but you have my sympathy with the cleaning up part alongside that fence. I guess it could come
    under the term - "a work in progress".
    That is surprising if true - plant seeds sent from Poland to you. You wouldn't get them into Australia I can assure you.
    They would be confiscated and burnt. Stringent rules are applied here AT LAST on any importation of such things. So many
    pest like seeds have over the years been brought in - all probably in pure innocence.

    My father and mother would be delighted with your rhubarb growing - Dad loved the stuff.
    I hate it and when at boarding school traded that dessert pie - once a week for 5 years to a rhubarb
    lover on my table for something they didn't like on another day. Food trading was a very serious business
    in those days for survival - ha ha!
    Colin ( Who is now the proud owner of bloody duck like webbed feet!)
    PS: Toby and family did go to Somerset Dam - oh God the moans we'll be inflicted with for all next week.
    It is pouring up there - the "joys" of camping, canoeing, water skiing in torrential rain!!!

  8. Pleased you are able to get out in the garden again. There seems to be a lot of back breaking work involved in clearing the raspberry canes. Good luck!

  9. In spring we win some and lose some. We get early blooms and then we have to do lots of spring work.

  10. Must be lovely after your winter to see the spring flowers, then lots of work there too with the raspberry canes.
    Happy Easter.

  11. Cynthia, I am so happy for you that your snow is gone and signs of spring are popping up around you. This is my first year in this new town and I went out to see what signs of life were popping up. I was saddened to realize no one around me has had any interest in gardening or even just planting a few bulbs. So this spring is a bit dull for me. No worries I will plant plenty of bulbs this fall and give the neighbors something to talk about next year. :-) Happy Easter to you.

  12. Love to see what's coming up there. We got 9" of snow Fri - still a lot on the ground.

  13. Gorgeous photos, Cynthia! I'm so glad your rhubarb is coming back for you and your family. Your spring photos are beautiful!