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Little Signs of Spring

I woke up early this weekend, happy to have a warm and sunny day in our garden.  It's only February, but the feeling of spring was in the air.  There are lots of pleasant chores to do in the garden at this time of year, but first I grabbed my camera to capture the essence of a beautiful spring morning at Cowlick Cottage Farm.

Dawn Over the Pecan Grove 

I never tire of the constantly changing scene in the adjacent pecan grove that abuts our rose hedge.  The other day, I saw the entire herd of cows chase a red fox off into the woods! I am certain they were protecting the newest members of their family, the wobbly little calves.

Golden Snow Pea Blossom 

These beautiful blossoms are Golden Snow Peas. I love their beautiful color and pansy-like shape.

We harvested our first Golden Snow Peas this weekend 

We harvested the first Golden Snow Peas this weekend. Their golden color makes them stand out like little flags against the green vines, making them easy to pick.  Quickly sauteed with fresh baby carrots with just a little homemade butter and orange blossom honey, they were a welcome taste of spring.

Planting Lancelot Leeks in a Ditch 

We planted our Lancelot Leeks in our potato bed.  Along with some herbs, the combination of leeks and potatoes will make a wonderful, creamy soup.

A Squash Seeds Emerges From the Soil 

It is miraculous to wake up in the morning to see a new seedling reaching up for the light.  Notice how the soil is pushed aside and the outer shell of the seed is atop the new little leaves, like a newborn's hat!

A Beautiful Cabbage is Almost Ready to Harvest 

The voluptuous cabbages are so pretty in the garden. Here in north Florida, we plant them in the fall for harvesting in spring.  The light frosts that we get here actually improve their flavor.

No matter where you live, I hope you enjoyed visiting our garden. For more photos and recipes, visit us at 

carolyn binder
2/24/2011 1:14:53 PM

Hi Nebraska Dave! Spring is on the way, even up there in Nebraska. Just think, you will be outside happily gardening in July and August when it's too hot here to think about being outside. I will envy you then! Have a terrific day. Carolyn

carolyn binder
2/24/2011 1:13:16 PM

Hi Valentina: Thanks for the virtual visit! Our place is in a little town called Monticello, outside of Tallahassee. Where are you? We are not open to the public, but we are planning to be part of the New Leaf Farm Tour, which is planned for October. It's a big event here. I hope you can visit some of the awesome farms we have in the area. Carolyn

nebraska dave
2/24/2011 1:11:27 PM

It's always a refreshing time to watch everything come to life in the spring time. It's my favorite time of the year and many hours will be spent outside working, playing, and relaxing in the yard and garden. Your pictures of your farm are feeding my impatience for spring to arrive here in Nebraska. We still have a couple months before the serious gardening begins. Even though spring is only officially 24 days away we can still get a killing frost up to May 15th. I have to satisfy my gardening desire with outside yard projects that can begin digging in the dirt at a much earlier date than the last frost date. Have a great gardening day.

carolyn binder
2/24/2011 1:10:52 PM

Hi Caleb: I'm so glad that you enjoyed the post and could get the feel of the pecan grove from the photo. It is so beautiful. Glad to hear that you started your seeds--it lifts my spirits as well. Let me know how they do! Thanks, Carolyn

2/23/2011 9:39:10 AM

Hi Carolyn: You have a lovely farm. Where in north FL is it? Is it open to the public? I sometimes think we're still in the Fall season here in FL, some of the trees leaves are in orange and burgundy color tone. But I am seeing birds chirping.

2/23/2011 9:21:45 AM

Thanks for the post, Carolyn! Awesome! That opening photo is beautiful; I can feel that scene. Early morning fog and sunshine rising over cattle, plenty of trees, that’s just great. We started our indoor tomatoes, onions, peppers, basil, oregano, and lavender and other flowers in our Jiffy starter boxes just last night. That’s always good for lifting spirits. Very cool post!