A Little Ray of Sunshine

Monday, April 24, 2006

Spring in the air

Saturday my husband and a friend worked on the yard. They weeded the front garden (which is, we hope, to eventually need no more maintanance than occasional pruning of the forsithias and watering, but isn't there yet). The friend sprayed the yard for the dandylions and other broadleaf weeds. Since perhaps two-thirds of our ground cover consists of these plants, we're expecting the yard to look pretty terrible pretty soon. It would be nicer to pull them out by hand in terms of not having the poisen spray, but completely impracticle. The basswood tree got pruned down to one trunk. It was a volunteer seedling from my parents' big trees that started in Mom's rose garden. My folks left it there for a few years, well, because they weren't sure the cherry in the garden was going to live, and they need some decently sized tree in that area to shade the front door. They've been trying for twenty years to get two cherry trees to grow at their house, and for twenty years have had just the one. This year it looks like the little one will bloom, too, and finally they'll get a good cherry crop.
So last fall they told us we could have the basswood if we'd just take it out of the rose garden. It had about fifteen trunks coming up from the base. We cut off all but the five straightest central trunks, dug it out as best we could (without damaging the roses or cherry, weren't sure we got enough root to keep it alive), stuck it in the ground here, and left it for the winter. Well, it's a hardy little tree and made it through the winter just fine. With the buds all swollen and green, the men decided it was time to thin it down to the best of the five trunks.
The tulips are all up in the front garden with their spiky leaves, and so are the iris. The forsithia are considering putting out leaves. I can't blame them for delaying a bit, between the snow last week and how severely the men pruned them back last year before moving them. (I can tell they're delaying because usually forsithia leaf before lilac, but the lilac next door has already leafed.) The ground cover ivy has sprouted, and the columbines are growing enthusiasticly. They all seem a little ahead of season to me.
Dad says that the winters have generally been getting milder here and spring coming earlier. Globle warming, he says. Well, perhaps so, but I'm still suspicious that it's just a temporary thing. Sun-spot cycles and all, you know. This year, instead of whining about drought, the farmers are whining about flooding. I suppose they feel it's their duty to whine about water.
Yesterday we planted the peas and parsnips out at my folks. Perhaps next week it will be warm enough for beans. It was horribly windy, a storm was blowing in. I strongly suggest not to try to plant parsnips in the wind. The seeds are perfect little kites. There might be some lovely parsnip plants coming up on the little rise west of the garden where the wind blew the seeds it snatched out of my hands. But the storm was good in other ways: we got done planting just before the rain started, and seeds do like to be watered.


  • At 7:43 AM, April 25, 2006, Blogger CrazyJo said…

    Poor dandelions! :( I can't help it, I like the little buggers. So cheerful and hardy, and nutritious too.
    It sounds like you're being surrounded by spring beauty. Our tulips are gone now, but the iris are still blooming. The trees are all leafed out now. I love the first green they have, so fresh and clean.
    We've been having a lot of rain here, which is good for the plants, but bad for my husband making money at his construction job, since they'll send them home if it's an extended rain. :P

  • At 1:06 PM, April 25, 2006, Blogger heidi said…

    Spring hasn't shown it's pretty face here yet. We are still trying to NOT have winter...

    Global warming is nuts. The winters are getting harder here. I'd take some "warming" of any kind right now.

  • At 7:34 PM, April 25, 2006, Blogger BoysMom said…

    Well, Heidi, my dad the paleontologist says that global warming is an average thing, and individual areas will have different local changes, but that they should average out over the entire globe to be warmer. There are predictions that global warming should cause Europe to be plunged into a glacial period as the arctic ice caps melt because of the changes in sea currents and air currents.
    Of course, Dad also says global warming is quite likely at least partly natural, as we are coming out of an ice age. According to paleontologists, the world has been recently a much colder place (which makes sense when you think that when Washington crossed the Delaware River in Dec. 1777, it was frozen, but never shows ice now). Prior to that ice age they think the world was a much warmer place, and that it changes in very long cycles. I've heard one astronomer tie those changes in temperature to very long-term sunspot cycles that the astronomers are just starting to observe looking at records going back to Galelio because the cycles are so very long.
    Spraying the dandelions didn't work, anyway. They look just as healthy as ever. So do the rest of the weeds. I'm beginning to think it's a loosing battle. I need a goat.

  • At 11:01 AM, May 10, 2006, Blogger Roci said…

    Golly, boysmom.

    You must have really liked this post.

  • At 12:23 PM, May 15, 2006, Blogger BoysMom said…

    Roci, when Blogger double posts something (it's done it twice so far) I'm afraid to try to delete the extra lest I loose both posts.


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