This is it. This is when it begins. It’s there now, but you have to look for it.
Be a detective. Turn your attention way down to the ground. Can you see it?
Today you might have to crouch down low or look up high to get a glimpse, but within just a few weeks it will all be happening so fast all around you, you will wish for it to slow down just a bit so you can catch your breath.
Signs of spring are starting to appear here in Toronto. The snow was beginning to melt just before we left for Florida and when we returned it was completely gone. I went out into the yard yesterday afternoon to poke around and test out some new cutting tools on the weed trees that are invading the fence between our yard and the neighbour’s. This is what it looks like right now. A blank slate that is coming alive. Even the little that is there gives me hope.
I moved the straw mulch aside and little garlic shoots are poking their way up towards the sun. I touched the soil and it is thawing. Soon enough it will be what we gardeners refer to as “workable” and I can begin the laborious, but thrilling work of levelling out a very bumpy yard. I’ve never been so excited to get down to what I know will be physically difficult labour. Let’s do this!
Here’s a peek inside my unheated, south-facing porch (aka “The Greenhouse“) this afternoon. This room is like a chamber of life. It was freezing cold and uninhabitable only a few weeks ago. Now it’s come alive with buds and blooms, fresh new leaves, and the sprouts of bulbs I planted late in the fall. It’s ahead of the season outside so it also serves as a reminder of what is to come outdoors.
On the left are lampasconi I planted as bulbs a few months ago, and on the right are Iris reticulata that I purchased as bulbs late in the season from a sale bin.
Fritillaria michailowski flowers are going to be here soon. Look at how much progress they have made since March 8.
And finally, a creeping savory plant I overwintered indoors is coming back to life underneath a glass cloche I recently scored at a local thrift store.