Although there is still plenty of snow on the ground, and the temperatures are supposed to drop to the low teens again this weekend, signs that spring is coming are all around us. From the sun setting at almost 6:00 p.m. to the flip of the calendar page on Sunday, spring’s is almost here!
It’s hard to believe that the clocks change next week, and for many of us, that’s cause for celebration. Yes, we will have to endure some dark mornings, but really, what are you doing at that hour anyway?
Have you started thinking about your garden yet? All winter long, we’ve been perusing seed and bulb catalogues like the one from White Flower Farm in Connecticut. They always have a great selection of annuals, perennials and roses. How about this gorgeous rose named after Princess Charlene of Monaco?
If you didn’t remember to plant your bulbs last fall, it’s a little late to do it for this year. But if you’ve planted bulbs in the past, you might begin to see shoots from them in the next few weeks. In England, the first thing to burst through the frozen ground are the snowdrops. Meadows and woodlands are blanketed with beautiful and tiny white snowdrops.
In the Baltimore area, we look for purple, yellow or white crocus flowers
and strands of yellow forsythia. We are fans of the free-form forsythia rather than bushes that are pruned into tidy balls.
If you haven’t taken a walk around your property, you should do this over the next several weeks. We’ve had a rough winter, and there’s been a lot of damage. Check trees and limbs and see whether they’re intact. Collect fallen branches and bundle them for either for kindling for the fireplace, or to be taken away. Clear leaves and pine needles out of the garden beds and compost them if you can.
Look to see if the borders of your gardens have shifted over the winter, and even them out. The ground is still pretty soft because of all of the snow we’ve had recently.
Because of the amount of ice this winter, almost everyone threw some salt around to melt it on those rare warm days. Salt can be very damaging, and it’s best to try and get rid of it by hosing down your sidewalks to dilute the strength of the salt. You might also put some vinegar and water in a pail and put it on the sidewalks.
Of course, get your car washed! The salt can be very damaging to the under-carriage of your car, and most people don’t have the equipment at home do a proper job.
You can amuse yourself during the car wash by taking pictures of the different soaps and posting them to your Instagram feed.
Regardless of what you do, or don’t do, one thing is certain: Spring is coming.
And not a moment too soon.
The View from Halcyon Farm is sponsored by Halcyon House Antiques, located at 11219 Greenspring Avenue in Lutherville, and open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit the Halcyon House Antiques website or call 410-828-8889.
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