Signs of Life

Well, there are signs of life from me as a blogger and from Mother Nature. I’ve just not felt like blogging about anything except the weather, and oh well, here I go blogging about the weather again!

You’d think that after such a bitter, cold and killing winter, I’d be extra excited about spring arriving, even if it was several months late. But I just couldn’t muster up any enthusiasm for spring, even as my plants started to push their way out of the ground – at least those that survived. And that was the problem. I couldn’t seem to concentrate on what was growing (my amazingly resilient native plants) but only on what didn’t seem to be coming back, what had died over the winter. My poor roses (more about them later), some of my coral bells, and of course, obsessing over the plants that most likely wouldn’t be showing until later in summer. Are they going to come up? Or are they dead, too?

Then Pete and I went on a walk down to Lavash’s to meet our dear friends Jason and Corinne. Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to walk down Crestview. And oh my, were the little trees we planted doing their very best to make us think spring! We’d see a pink dogwood (small enough that a flower shouldn’t even be expected for another year or two) with one, beautiful, amazing little pop of color. And the American plums. Just these wee tiny trees with hardly any branches just covered in beautiful white flowers. And white dogwoods, too. And all the other trees we had planted in the fall showing just how much they can take when it comes to frigid temperatures. All of a sudden, it was Spring.

And it kept getting better. Pete was going to dig up my rose bushes and lo and behold, one wasphoto 1 alive, putting up new, vigorous growth. Then another one showed tiny, amazing signs of life. I don’t know if that one will be able to grow strong and come back, but I’m going to give it a chance. Unfortunately, my climbing rose is truly gone, but Pete found a new one for me to try: Rosa setigera, or a native climbing prairie rose. We had a dickens of a time finding one to order. I have a feeling that many others are searching for a more hardy rose after this last winter. I’ll let you know how it manages; it isn’t a very showy rose, but it is supposed to be fragrant, which is a major consideration in any rose I buy.









So, here’s a taste of what’s going on in our yard, right now:

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I hope your spring is picking up. And I hope to see you at BioBlitz next Saturday at Glen Echo Park, 8-8. Look for us by the bird mural under the Indianola Bridge.

Until next time!


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