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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The First Day of Spring

Forsythia in full bloom in Bellingham



I'm going to go ahead and call it: Today was the first day of spring in Bellingham, WA. The mercury got up to 58 degrees and the sky was bright blue without a hint of cloud. When I got into my car in the afternoon, it was actually hot. I saw no fewer than three girls in short-shorts (although this IS a university town).

My snap peas are coming up. They are at the "bow" stage - a loop of stem is visible above the dirt but no leaves are up. Radishes have also germinated. The goats are looking very extremely pregnant. The roosters are leaping on the hens with mad abandon. Ornamental fruit trees are in bloom - very nearly full bloom.

My own fruit trees are not near blooming yet - I'd say two weeks, even with continued warm weather. That's fine by me - I don't want a late frost to kill the blossoms and destroy the harvest. Ha Ha - I say "late frost" in mid February. That's not really very funny, but I've decided I'm going to laugh instead of lay awake freaking out.

I opened up my (secondhand) beehives and have started to clean out the dead bees and scrape down the frames. The bees I ordered are arriving in April, so I want everything ready ahead of time. I'm not sure what I need to do with the hives - some of the frames are moldy. If I were to follow my instinct I'd scrape those down to the wood and treat them with boiling water or a propane torch. But I just don't know.

Right now the hives are in the Mama Barn, and I need to get them out of there before the goats are due to deliver, because they take up most of the space. I'm not even sure when the goats are due - if the buck I rented is the papa, then they aren't due until mid April. However, Iris at least looks ready to pop way before then. Her udder is pretty big, her belly is gigantic, and her spine is looking pretty prominent around the tailbone. Oh well - Iris is an experienced mama and has given birth without trouble twice before now. If she gives birth out in the field I don't doubt she will do fine and take care of her kids.

I'm glad it's spring, even if it's frighteningly early. I really enjoyed being out today, digging in the dirt, herding the goats and the ponies around, and generally enjoying myself in the sun. If my brother can call the first day of spring as the day his baseball team reports for spring training, then surely I can report the first day of spring as the day my daffodils opened.

10 comments:

fullfreezer said...

So jealous of warmth and color! We haven't seen the grass since before Christmas and it's getting a bit old. White snow, dark branches. Not much going on.
Come on, Spring.
Enjoy your warm weather.
Judy

Jerry said...

It's been gorgeous here too. Too gorgeous actually. But we will likely still have another month or so of winter.

But if it keeps warming from this and turns into spring...well, that'd be a good month or two early, and 2 or 3 inches of moisture short.

Glad you're enjoying great weather though, and good luck with the birthings.

AnyEdge said...

Here it is still dead winter. Snow on the ground, barren trees. My Forsythia looks like a faggot of vertical twigs.

But By GOD, Pitchers and Catchers have reported. So it's spring.

Cattle Call Farm said...

Okay, now I'm jealous. I'm still looking out the window at snow here in WV.I've been visitng some of my favorite blog sites, and you are all talking about warm weather and spring.It's supposed to get 35 here today, maybe it will melt off the foot of snow.lol

Penelope said...

geez anyedge, that's so racist, I think you mean a homosexual of twigs.

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AnyEdge said...

When are you going to change the name of your blog to: "Reasonably Adept at Farm Life"?

Aimee said...

um... when I get reasonably adept? Like, "pretty sure I could keep my family alive at least for a year."

Jerry said...
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Jerry said...

By the way AnyEdge, which is your team?