Spring on my mind. Will it truly visit?

A close up of a flower that is close to the ground and less than an inch in diameter. I think I need more of these.

The excitement of the arrival of spring is too much. The problem is that we never seem to know what to expect: spring or sprummer. Sprummer is the arrival of spring in the form of summer where the temps get way too high way too fast.

Meanwhile, I am happy that I managed to get a few things done yesterday: rain barrels back in business, pond pump, filter, and waterfall back running. Although my koi didn’t make it through the winter, my goldfish did. This is the first year that I had a truly successful cover for the pond: the huge net strung over a single rope to create a sort of A-frame tent. It worked and was simple and easier to use than my other methods. The pond is relatively clean, although a bit murky, but I am guessing that it will clear up shortly. The trees we have make it tough to keep a clear pond.

Hibiscus, grapefruit tree, and the passion flower that wintered in the house are on a cart and I can move them in and out of the garage. Some other plants: a beautiful planter that we were given that is waning, and a lemon geranium are in the little, protected greenhouse. It stands about six feet tall, has four shelves, and has a very cheap, easily damaged, plastic cover with a zipper. It is surprisingly effective and I ‘summered’ my orchids in it last summer. They loved it. My Norfolk pines enjoyed a platform next to it and given the way they are growing now; I am wondering what the summer will bring.

It is still gray. It is in the 50s. The mini daffodils are blooming, oh so gently.


About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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