It’s been teasing us for a while now. The daffodil shoots were up by the first of February, but then winter decided to stick around, and they had to hide their happy yellow heads for another six weeks. They’re finally out, but we had snow as recently as last week and it’s been cold and windy ever since, so everything else is still in hiding.
The weather itself, however, is now irrelevant. The Vernal Equinox occured at 7:02 this morning, when the northern hemisphere began its tilt towards the sun, signaling longer days and warming temperatures. Those late bloomers will be showing up all over the place here shortly. Spring is official!
It’s our first here on at Three Graces Farm, so I’m looking forward to the surprises that await. In the meantime, a new fence is going up in the back yard next week. The old one has that charming, weathered look that I love, but it’s also collapsing. Skye, our new eighty pound rescue pooch, could probably knock it down by barking at it. There will be an entry gate to the vegetable garden going in along the east side of the yard, and to the west–blueberries! My friend Robyn is coming the first week in April, bringing her amazing garden artist’s eye to help me with the flowers and perennials.
The next big project is to get the hen house ready for the chicks that are arriving in May. Right now they are nothing more than a gleam in the old rooster’s eye, but that’s okay. We need the time to convert that elegantly shabby toolshed out back into a warm, cozy and coyote- proof haven for six gorgeous, feathered girls. Our reward will be fresh eggs every day! We’re hoping that they’ll be joined by a few of their guinea hen cousins, who’ll earn their keep around the place by eating their weight in garden pests and ticks.
Also on the horizon is the arrival of several honeybee hives. Dave, the local apiarian, will bring them over when the weather gets warm and get them all set up for us. All we have to do is let them “bee” here (ha ha) and enjoy the gallon of honey they’ll produce if they’re happy.
Spring is always about new things, so in addition to all the beginnings at Three Graces Farm, I’m excited to announce my latest work. My new novella, All the Pieces, will be making it’s appearance on Amazon Kindle in a few week’s time. Stay tuned for more details. Between the dogs, chicks, honeybees and flowers, I’ll be keeping you posted!