Spring Renewal Comes to the Homestead
By Ginnie Baker
It’s amazing … no matter what the winter is like, there is a renewal, or rebirth, every spring!
It’s no different this year. I really worried that the unpredictable winter would have ruined anything that flowers like the fruit trees.
But, they are fine and ready to break out in blossoms, the buds are swelling!
I didn’t think my bleeding hearts would survive either, but they are coming up — way too early! This is a photo from last year.
In the past few years, my old lilac has been hit with a hard frost just as the flowers were ready to open. They turned brown and wilted.
This year, they look like they will be fine as long as we don’t have a killing frost.
My grandfather, the gardener, always said that a lady should wake up to the fragrance of a lilac. He planted one right outside my grandmother’s bedroom window. And each year, she would awaken to the aroma of the lilac.
All the little critters are active, getting ready to raise their young.
The chipmunks and squirrels awakened early this year, running around on the deck, eating all the sunflower seeds put out for the birds!
And the bunnies show up every evening for the carrots I put out by the back door!
Samson and Delilah are feeling the warmer temperatures and beg to go out in their pastures for a good run!
Life in the country! How sweet it is!
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