Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

At Home: Daffodils vs. Severe Winds and Torrential Rains

April 19, 2018

When we left for NYC last Thursday evening, none of the daffodils had bloomed yet. Not too surprising since the weather hasn’t been exactly spring-like. But they did look ready to open.

It was a short stay, and we returned to the house Saturday morning. Looking into the backyard, I discovered that — lo and behold! — the daffodils had blossomed. I guess Friday’s temps in the 70’s was just the signal they were waiting for. And no doubt they were happy with Saturday’s 80 degrees.

Being busy that day, I didn’t get a chance to take photos. Which is a shame because the weather then made a total U-turn back to winter, dropping 40 degrees (!) overnight. Sunday was cold (mid-30’s) and rainy with severe winds. And things got even worse with Monday’s torrential downpours.

Poor little daffies! They were no match for such horrendous conditions.

At Home 2018: Daffodils

At Home 2018: Daffodils

At Home 2018: Daffodils

The complete daffodil photo set is on my Flickr here.



March 20, 2018

Yesterday, it was “Signs of Spring.”  Today, spring (aka the vernal equinox) officially arrived at 12:25 p.m. EDT.  But… Here are this afternoon’s temperatures.

March 2018 Snowstorm No. 4

And here’s what’s coming our way.

March 2018 Snowstorm No. 4

March 2018 Snowstorm No. 4

We’re in the 6-10″ zone.

Winter has definitely not gotten the memo!

At Home: Signs of Spring

March 19, 2018

When we moved into our house at the end of 1969, the landscaper we hired the following year planted an entire bed of daffodils on the right side of the house. Those pretty yellow flowers bloomed like clockwork in early spring each year. However, in the mid-70’s, when we put in a fireplace in our living which is on that side of the house, many of the daffodils became victims. And eventually, the remainder began dying out. By the time we did a complete landscaping overhaul in 1996, we did not include any in the new design.

For some time, I’d been thinking about having daffodils again. Not an entire bed but rather little groupings placed in the backyard beds. Last spring, I discussed it with our landscaper Ed Wendel. In order for them to bloom this spring, they needed to be planted in the fall. In October, he bought the bulbs and his men put them in.

Despite the snow from three March Nor-easters, last week, I noticed they’ve begun to sprout.

At Home 2018: Signs of Signs of Spring

At Home 2018: Signs of Signs of Spring

A true sign that spring is on the way. Can’t wait to see them flower!

At Home: Spring Colors

April 29, 2017

At Home: Spring Colors

White Dogwood Tree (?)

At Home: Spring Colors



March 20, 2017

While I was sleeping, the vernal equinox arrived at 6:28 a.m. Winter has been keeping a firm grip this past week with temperatures in the 30’s, well south of the low to mid-50’s it should be at this point in March. On this first day of spring, it will be 50 degrees which will feel welcome. And speaking of welcome…

“Welcome Sweet Springtime” is an old song that popped into my head. Though the entire melody was quite clear, I could only remember the first two lines, so I looked up the lyrics. (Everything is on the Google!)

Welcome sweet springtime,
We greet thee in song,
Murmurs of gladness,
Fall on the ear.

Voices long hushed,
Now hear full notes, prolong,
Echoing far and near.

Sunshine awaits for,
The flower that’s from seed,
Joy giving incense,
Fall on the air.

Snowdrops and primrose,
Both timidly beam,
Hailing the glad new year.

Balmy in life,
Breathing breezes are blowing,
Swiftly to nature,
New vigors bestowing.

Oh, how my heart beats,
With rapture anew,
Earth’s flower in beauty,
Again feeds my view.

The music is Anton Rubenstein’s Melody in F.

At Home: Azaleas in Bloom

May 5, 2016

The weather has turned decidedly un-spring-like. Most of the past week, daytime temps have been in the 50’s while at night, they’ve been dropping into the 40’s. I’ve even gone back to wearing my winter jacket! Temperatures 20 degrees below normal + rain + a very raw feel have made for a very unpleasant end of April and beginning of May. Our azaleas, however, haven’t noticed. Their lush bloom is a reminder that it is, indeed, spring.

At Home: Azaleas

At Home: Flowering Japanese Cherry Tree

April 19, 2016

At Home: Flowering Japanese Cherry Tree

Always the first real signal on our property that spring has arrived. Planted in 1970, it’s the lone survivor of our original landscaping.


March 21, 2016

The vernal equinox arrived in our parts yesterday. Evidently, winter didn’t get the message since this morning, we awoke to this!

At Home: Spring!

That was round 8 a.m. Fortunately, it was just a coating which did not include the roads and driveways. About two hours later, with the sun out and temperatures beginning to rise to around 50 degrees….

At Home: Spring!

There’s a warming trend for the rest of this week into the 60’s. Digits crossed that this will be the last we’ll see of snow. However, in the past, there have been major snowstorms in March, so you never can tell.

First Sign of Spring in Our Backyard

March 15, 2016

At Home:  First Sign of Spring in Our Backyard