Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thinking of Martha

I had a chance to do some gardening today. I am always happiest to be gardening in the early spring when I've been away from the earth: inside and cold all winter long.

While cleaning up around some crocuses, I found myself thinking of Martha. I was sitting on a large rock I'd placed in the lower garden, contemplating the effort I'd put into placing some other large rocks... when I remembered Martha's friends and family talking about her love of gardening, and the fact that she'd proudly moved huge stones around on her own...

Crocus vernus 'Twilight' with an Unidentified Hymenopteran

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Taken By Surprise

The crocuses in my yard have appeared... 9 days earlier than last year.

Crocus 'Prins Claus'

Cally noticed today's nice weather and insisted on going outside, so I put her harness on and let her out.


Then I got my sanshin so that I could keep her company and still get something done. As I was playing, I looked around the yard, and was startled to see spots of yellow down near the street. Once I discovered the yellow ones (below), I looked more carefully and found that several clumps of 'Prins Claus' (above) had emerged as well.

Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks'