Signs of spring

by Yvonne on February 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Weather, Winter

After a winter in which we all unfortunately became familiar with the term “polar vortex” we are at last seeing signs of spring.

Polar vortex

Why we had such a “big chill” this winter — the polar vortex as pictured by NASA

This week I heard more bird song in my neighborhood. And the house cats are out and about again. There is now a well trodden feline path through our backyard. On Rosemary Lane (isn’t that just the best street name?), we regularly meet a charming black and white cat who greets us during our walks as though it were a dog.

At the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Auxiliary volunteers are in full swing getting ready for their famous plant sale. They’re busy Tuesday and Thursday mornings, potting up bare root perennials, re-potting perennials from last year and seeding annuals and striking geranium cuttings.

RBG plant sale

RBG Auxiliary volunteers getting plants growing for the big plant sale in May

At the RBG Centre in the bulb display room, spring shrubs have been forced into bloom; they’re underplanted with all manner of flowering bulbs. It’s a great place to visit if you need cheering up.

Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête'

Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’ in the RBG’s bulb room

My hort-buddy Kathy Purdy over at Cold Climate Gardening proclaims “the thaw is coming.” I can’t wait. And my surest sign of spring, I’ve done my first blog post of the season. Sorry to have been AWOL for months, but I’ve found it to be a rather enervating winter.

PS: In spite of everything, we did make Seville Orange Marmalade as usual in February.

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