Looking at the news, definitely not in the US Northeast.


Here in the Pacific Northwest, we've had some unseasonably warm weather, which awakened the daffodils, peaches, plums, and apricots.  All in bloom in my yard, but there may be frost damage to the delicate fruit blossoms.  We had our first rhubarb pie yesterday, now a tradition of Spring.  We've also had scallions, and Chinese Chives, which we use for a dumpling filling.  A neighbor threw away 2 wine barrels, we scarfed them up, cut in half, drilled holes in the bottoms, and filled with potting soil.  Planted radishes, mesclun, spinach, and carrot seeds, then covered with a plastic tent to hold in warmth.  They are growign rapidly too.


Wow, only February.  I plant with full knowledge that it may be a false "promise" of Spring, but also knowing that, if I don't try, I may miss an opportunity for early treats.


This week, I'll plant chili pepper seeds in the window sill, and in 2 weeks, plan to do the same with tomatoes.  They take 6 to 8 weeks to reach outside-size, and by then it should really be Spring!

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Stop torturing me, Daniel.
I'm in Port Angeles, WA heading for Ft. Bragg, CA soon... and then taking a quick spin around the country. I won't be able to have a garden this year, but I'll be able to help friends with their garden in Minnesota this summer.

If I were staying in Washington, I'd plant now. I'm with you; I think Spring is here and I sure wish I were up to my elbows in it.
I'm still nervous about a killing frost, but spring has definitely reached our neighborhood.

Honeybabe genetic dwarf peach


Rhubarb - as many know now, the Zoroastrian creation story involves rhubarb giving birth to the first humans. I am praying to the rhubarb plant to intervene against further frosts.

Plum - this is Hollywood Japanese plum, the second year after planting. It has purple leaves and, if it bears fruit this year, they are expected to be purple inside and out.

Helleborus and forsythia. The helleborus have been blooming since January.

So, I'm doing the traditional "tomato and pepper seeds started in yogurt containers" except this year I've added pudding containers to the mix. This should be 6 weeks before expected last frost date, we'll see if the sacrifices I made to the rhubarb plant are successful.

I made a late order for some bare-root fruit trees, they haven't come yet but there should be plenty of time because they are later starters - apples and a mulberry. I used a small paintbrush to play the honeybee, pollinating the peaches with each others' pollen, and the apricots, and the plums.
This is just so not fair! Here in Iowa we've the the beginnings of the daffodils sticking their little heads out (which I fear for-we can't be done with snow yet!). I have sorrel in the garden which is starting to perk up, and some buds on trees are starting to show, but otherwise, we have a ways to go.
Hang in there, Spring will come! Daffodils shouldnt mind the snow!

I do love being here - I grew up in the midwest, and really appreciate the later start and earlier end to winters in the Pacific northwest.

Our radishes now have their first true leaves.

I better go out and play "honey bee" again today with the plum and apricot flowers.
The crocuses started to bloom yesterday! Although the prediction is for snow this weekend (surprise surprise), it really does start to feel like it might not be winter forever.
Crocuses are great! A real sign that the worst of winter is past. Soon you'll be out puttering in the yard.
Your plants are so beautiful! I can't wait until everything is blooming now!
Maple syrup - sounds great! I love the start of bulbs and perrenial onion family plants sticking up through the winter soil and snow. It's a kind of promise of things to come.
It snowed here yesterday! Mid-April! There's still snow on the ground... I'm a bit tiffed because I want to move my banana tree outside, but it's not warm enough.
The garden is tilled! The garden is tilled! Now if only that seed order would come in the mail. I may have to run down to the "has everything" store and pick up some lettuce and kohlrabi at least.
Yay! Getting the garden started means winter is over!




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