Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring garland number one

Posted by Lucy

Today it was fifty degrees outside! After a winter of toe-numbing, ear-freezing, bone-chilling weather, that is very warm. So when I stuck my head out the door this morning, instead of slamming it closed, shaking my head and saying "Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!" I ran and put on three extra long-sleeved shirts (I couldn't find a sweater) and went outside. The  ground, soggy, muddy, covered with dead grass and leaves though it is, is beautiful to my eyes. It means that spring is on the way! Not that there isn't plenty of old snow still hanging around. It takes more than a day or two to melt two feet of snow. But spring is putting up a good fight, and the snowdrifts are slowly but surely melting away.

Today I am starting a series of posts called "spring garlands."  Every week I will make a garland of things I find growing outside. Here is the first one:

First (from left to right) is bittersweet, then a twig of some sort of boxwood type hedge (we're not entirely sure what it is), then a twig of pussywillow buds, followed by three pussywillow catkins. After that comes a twig of witch hazel, a twig of pine and lastly, some old grass and more "boxwood." Next week's garland will, hopefully, have more variety.    


  1. Ahhh, I can't wait to keep track of Illinois' weather by seeing these garlands! When I got back to Montreal it was warmer too, and there were plenty of muddy patches. It's snowing again tonight, though, and it seems like we're going to get a couple of inches. I would be frustrated, but it's really beautiful to watch the snowfall too. I'm sure tomorrow when it's cold I'll be grumpy. Such a beautiful idea, Lucy!

    1. Thank you so much, Jenn! Last night it snowed here too, to my shock and disgust! I am plotting a post about it that will appear very soon.