Spurred on by the occasional sighting of a seasonal wild flower:
Above: Primula veris (aka Cowslip)
or hardy bulb:
Above: White Muscari
Not to mention the calendar. I get wistful notions it might actually have arrived.
One look outside is all it takes for a swift crash back to reality.
There will be no May-Pole-twirling this May Day:
It looks more like Feb or March. :(
I'd say it was a bit optimistic putting up the patio umbrella, wouldn't you??
This is one crazy Spring.
Every week brings a new snowstorm along with COLD temperatures. Nothing has dared to leaf out...
High today of 33 with another record low temperature forecasted for tonight.
A little story to illustrate the severity of our weather: Our local Home Depot received a shipment of the ever-so-lovely 'Coral Charm' peony (thank you Dana for the heads up!!):
Of course I rushed right down to purchase another one (remember mine got frozen in early April??) and passed the info on to my other gardening buddies.
One of whom went to purchase only to discover they had already sold out. She was told another shipment would arrive just NOT this week. They had to turn the truck back because of our forecast! Too many casualties already this spring. Pretty unheard of at this date.
Thankfully this girl smartly brought Begonia 'Rose Petticoat'and all the other tender plants safely indoors to ride out the storm.
And now we wait for the sun to shine again. And for this tiresome winter weather pattern to end ~ when, oh when, will that be????
p.s. One positive side note about the snow ~ it allowed me to take the best photos of the handsome Spotted Towhee I've ever managed:
They aren't spectacular photos (taken thru the glass) ~ so don't get too excited ~ but this is the closest I've ever gotten. Brought to the feeders because of the snow, made it a whole lot easier. Usually they are found poking & scratching about the shrubbery further away from the house.
Notice the characteristic red eye.
Maybe the snow isn't such a bad thing afterall (since every snow event, I get a new bird capture!)
Ummmm, let's not get carried away!