March 2021 Saturday garden buds, green shoots, seed pods, and a cat

I have been poking around a bit in the garden, cleaning out piles of black walnuts and leaves, but not moving too much of anything because of the very real likelihood of another snowstorm. And yet…. the plants are not waiting. The hyacinth are coming.

There are some amazing leftover Love-In-a-Mist seed pods (Nigella) left over from the fall, in various stages.

And I think these are the yellow primroses coming back –evening primroses. If these are the ones I am thinking, they are: Oenothera macrocarpa. I might be wrong. I have a hard time with my evening primroses because I weed out about half of them every spring accidentally. They don’t quite look like themselves when they are sprouting. I believe these are the yellow ones –but I also have pink ones in this bed: Showy Pink Evening Primroses.

The tulips and irises are not waiting around. They were tucked in under a lot of straw, and since the winter was relatively mild I think they are especially glad to get out.

Several other plants are also showing up.

Minnie found some catnip… so that was exciting.

March 2021 Rainy garden day

It has been raining here, luckily not snowing. And it is a soft, nice rain. So lovely. And the garden still has the spring convergence of new growth and old leaves and seed pods. Soon I will clear the leaves and brush out of the beds, but I am holding back because the last frost date here is 15 May (and it is frequently that cold then).

March 2021 Garden Stirrings and Growth

The tulips are definitely moving along.

And the hyacinths are also moving.

The yarrow is looking very fern-like.

The chives are moving along.

Strawberries are starting to send some runners and wake up leaves.
This will be a forest of Bachelor’s Buttons unless I thin them.
The oregano and parsley both have made it through; below is the sorrel returning.
The rose awakening.
Silly kitty being very happy about rolling around on her back.
And here is a surprise bowl of sprouting plants that I found when I went out to collect my laundry from the line. A lovely neighbor left them for me.

March 2021 River and Seed Pods (and one cat picture)

The lovely shift to spring weather has coincided with the calendar this year. I don’t quite trust this warmth, and I imagine there will be another snow, probably in April. Last year the late frost was 16 May. But, enough of those gloomy thoughts. Here are some photos from a walk near the big river. These were taken on 20 March. So beautiful. A bit windy, which accounts for some of the blowing sand you can see in some of the pictures. I was also trying to show some of the standing stalks with their amazing seed pods still in place. And I finish off with a picture of a cat, because it is always helpful to see a picture of Tiglet. He is lounging in a box of straw in the barn.

March 2021 Snow, Snuggly Cats, and one Bloom

Despite having had several lovely days with kitties reveling in the warm weather, it turned snowy again in true South Dakota March fashion. Here is Tiglet being happy in the warmer weather last week.

And Minnie, cute as ever.
These are all good responses to the snow….

A friend brought me this lovely, small beauty. I have it in an egg cup (to give a sense of scale here).

March 2021 Cats and nice weather

Here is Cousin looking dignified, despite his scratch on his nose.
Fluff imagines herself as dainty and very precious. I will try to get a decent photo that show just how her over-sized front paws undermine that image.
The lovely recent weather has led to open windows and these happy kitties.
Here is a funny picture of Mitsy–she had been cleaning her tummy right before she looked over at me.
These two are cosy in the barn.
Here is Martin Frobisher with straw in the background in the barn.

March 2021 Garden and cats

It is still not truly spring in south dakota, but the temperatures are tricking all of us.

Notice that slight green tinge to the grass.
Minnie is happy to squirm around in the sun.
Everything looks brown, but there are some stirrings.
These tulips are buried in straw and up against the south side of the house; they always appear absurdly early.
This may be a victory. I will wait to crow until later if this plant really has made it. The rosemary will be the true test.
Meanwhile this beauty is still blooming indoors.
Morning moon.
Morning moon.
And morning sun.