Several people on my Facebook page have shared their Robin sightings with much excitement that Spring is on it's way as well. The news showed a video of the ice breaking away on the river in Detroit yesterday as a sign of Springs arrival... I myself have noticed while we drive around that the branches on the trees; especially the weeping willow, are a brighter color than they were a month or two ago. A sure sign that they are beginning to bud up to turn green. My lilac trees have huge buds on them already, I sure hope they don't get froze off again like they did last year.
As we were so fortunate here in SE Michigan to avoid the big winter storm this week, I am also noticing alot of activity at the Bird Houses in our yard by the Sparrows the past few days. This signals the on-set of Spring to me. All four of the birdhouses have been aflutter with Sparrows checking them out and fighting over which pair will win the bid. Of course, two of the houses are built for smaller birds so they spend hours trying to figure out how to get through the "door", each one taking turns with no luck. It is actually quite entertaining to observe. Then again, when one is stuck in the house all day, it does not take much to amuse them I suppose ; ) I even saw a Black Bird check out the birdhouse nearest the feeder after the Sparrows were having an "Open House" of sorts... First time I'd seen one of his breed go into the man-made houses, he did not stay long, just seemed curious as to what all the excitement was about I suppose. At this rate, the Blue Birds will soon be joining us and taking over the houses the Sparrows are so desperately trying to move into, and that is just fine with me!
I managed to get my first bag of seed starting mix in the past week as well. I will be starting seeds soon, and hoping to be able to set the seedling plants out in our cold frame in the yard by April to take to the garden by May. It is about this time of year that most of us gardeners become anxious and excited to get out and get our hands in the soil once again. In Michigan, the winters just take the life right out of a person... teasing us with the changes day to day. Will it warm up or will we be buried in snow and ice.... March is so far coming in like a rather gentle lion for us; and I am hoping and praying it goes out like a lamb... warm and cozy!
With all that said... I think it is clear that this Gardening Grandma is more than ready for SPRING. Bring it on - with all it's beauty and glory, I am so over winter already! How about YOU?