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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


The first day of Spring brings flowers to mind. The snowdrops in my garden are bravely enduring the cold.  We've had some snow flurries already today, so, perhaps the flowers are well named!
 The flowers below were in bloom everywhere in Laguna Beach, California last week.They were beautiful to see and the hot colors were well placed for the weather. The cooler tones of the Snowdrops fit their environment here in  northern Ohio.
Kate and Alley Cat investigated the flowers that were just delivered as a gift from Mom. Daisies, daffodils, roses and baby's breath are probably all from South America via the florist shop.  Spring in Ohio is really a figment of imagination. However, I did get a call a few days ago from Jim, owner of the Gardenport, to discuss plans for preparing our home garden for the summer ahead and I've seen Paulette poring over a seed catalog in anticipation of expanding their garden this summer.

The Old Farmer's Almanac, first published in 1792, states that the first day of spring arrived at 7:02 am today, March 20th, "when the days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west."In the 2013 edition, they predict the Lower Lakes to "have snowy weather in early March, that April and May will be warmer and drier than normal, with an especially warm first half of April." Since their predictions last year were 88% correct, I'll plan for the warmer spring weather.
I am going to  try to imitate the arrangement above, from the Cleveland Botanical Garden. I'll let you know how it turns out. In the meantime, a muddy back yard is the current vista, and twelve muddy paws bringing some of the springtime into the kitchen!  From Sweden to Key West and from Maine to California, I hope you all have perfect spring weather, too.