Welcome Spring

Purple Tulips with a Stendig Calendar in the background showing April 2010

We’ve enjoyed an unusually mild March with no snow fall–something that hasn’t occurred in Minnesota since 1878. Tom and I have been taking advantage of the weather with bike rides, after dinner walks, patio happy hours, and Bell’s Oberon (released this week!). The coming of spring has another thing on our minds as well: the opening of the Midtown Farmers Market on May 1. On the home farming front, Tom wanted to start the herb [window] garden, but it turns out, in spite of the glorious weather, herb plants won’t be available in gardening stores till late April. Try telling that to our chives, who have valiantly pushed their way up from parched soil to herald the spring.

new chives emerge from a dead chive plant in the spring

If you have a long weekend ahead of you, enjoy it!

the inside of a purple tulip up close


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3 comments on “Welcome Spring”

  1. Amy 1 April, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Martha–that last picture took my breath away! It’s gorgeous–

    I do hope we’re not being premature in welcoming spring–this would be a first in my lifetime that spring actually arrived pretty much according to the calendar–I think it’s fantastic, but can’t believe it’s true–although what harm is there in welcoming a false spring?

  2. ErikaKay 8 April, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Yay! I am very excited to run across your blog. I am a new foodie/amateur gardener and I am just learning about what to plant and when. I am excited to see what you guys are up to here in Minnesota as well!