Tuesday, March 1, 2011

'Winter, I am So Over You', A Muse Day Tribute to March

March means spring is on the way.
New life.
Farewell to the doldrums and goodbye/good riddance to winter...
don't let the door hit you on the way out!

But it doesn't all happen on the first of March.
Ice on the birdbath speaks for itself!

Thanks to Mother Nature for providing a few early blooms.
Helleborus (just one of them) is in flower.

Another is budding.
The rest are still dormant with nary a bud.
But I will celebrate what is budding and blooming...
and wait patiently (NOT!) for the rest.
They say patience is a virtue.
Perhaps I am virtue-less at the moment.
Thankfully it will soon pass.

Forsythia buds are barely visible on the plants in my garden.
With hopes of a few flowers by March,
a few days ago I brought a couple of small branches inside.
To my delight, when introduced to indoor heat and water,
the barely visible buds swelled and opened.
This is what I was welcomed with today:

As I stand in my kitchen looking out to my back yard,
I can pretend the forsythia is really blooming out there!

Oh, it will bloom.
The buds will continue to grow and swell and pop.
Past experience tells me it will.
 But that time can't come soon enough for me!
I am greatly lacking in patience this year.
Winter, I am so over you.

Visit Carolyn for Muse Day at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.

Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
Not to be reproduced or re-blogged without express permission of the author.


  1. Hmmm...wonder if my hellebores are blooming? They are still under a foot of icy snow. Seeing yours gives me hope.

  2. Not a bud or bloom in sight here but it won 't be long. Hope Spring comes early like it did last year, Jan.

  3. Spring is not there because it has just arrived here in Georgia! I wish I could hold on to her longer but with our warm days, she may be gone all too soon but headed your way for sure!

  4. Bonnie, thanks for reminding me there are places colder and snowier than here! I'm not sure I could handle that right now!
    Skeeter, send spring up here immediately! I can't take much more of this chilliness! And this is mild, compared to Bonnie in NY...and Carolyn in Chicago!
    Carolyn, thanks for visiting. I do hope spring comes quickly. I am no longer able to pretend I'm enjoying the current season. It's got to go!

  5. We do longing for the spring And seeing those plants that are trying to flower and grow gives hope. Yesterday I was on the beach but it was so grey and ice cold but my dogs love it
    greetz Jacky

  6. Hopefully Spring will return quickly to your area.

  7. Thats a great tribute to March, Jan!

  8. I'll join you in slamming the door on winter, Jan:) How nice to see some early signs of spring in your garden, especially the hellebores. I don't think you'll have to be patient much longer.

  9. Such a beautiful uplifting post! I am still covered in snow here..but I await my daffs and other treasures..your flowers are wonderful!! Shine on..beautiful!

  10. Hello Jan and it was so good to hear from you. I don't blog as much as I used to so it's lovely when someone I've not been in touch with for ages pops over for a little visit. I now must go out and see what stage my forsythia shrub is at though mine is in a shady area and it probably will be later than yours as it doesn't get much sun.

    Those hellebores look just like the ones that I have in my garden though mine are not in flower yet. As each week now goes by it is so exciting to see colour appearing in the garden.

  11. Dear Jan, I love this post... exactly my sentiments about winter. I am just going outside to check out the forsythia and the hellebores. -- I can dream can't I? P x

  12. Amen sister I am with you! LOL! I was over winter before it even began and will be glad to see it on its merry old way. Your hellebore blooms are a beautiful treat and promise for more blooms to come.

  13. you are hilarious putting that vase in front of the window!! spring will be in full swing before we know it :-)

  14. Dear Jan, Hello again! I love this post and I thought you would like to know I linked to it on my latest posting. P x

  15. Dear Jan, I just had to return and respond to the wonderful comments you made on my blog today. Firstly, I am so sorry you are feeling 'down'. You know everyone is so tired of winter this year and I hope you feel better when the balmy spring weather finally arrives.

    Thank you for your kind wishes. I am sorry to say I have another hospitalization scheduled for March 14. Hopefully, the last. My cardiologist, my family, and I have come to the realization that meds don't work for my heart rhythm condition, so we have decided to try Atrial Fib ablation. It is a bit risky, especially at my age, but I cannot continue like this - going into the hospital every couple of weeks to be paddled/shocked back into normal rhythm. It is wonderful to know you and all my blogging friends, are rooting for me. P x

  16. Jan, Your daffodils are further along than mine (which I am not very patiently waiting for). I notice that your forsythia is the same soft yellow with a hint of green as the one I have in Gettysburg. The one I have in Maine has a warm rather than a cool undertone and blooms in a much stronger yellow-gold color. I wonder if this is a difference in cultivars sold in the two regions of the country or a difference created by climatic conditions. March is the "winter into spring" season in the mid-Atlantic, but we can be sure that spring will truly be here in a few weeks. Like you, I'm ready! -Jean

  17. Dear Jan, I hope this will make you feel more springy! From where I sit, there is but snow and ice to see for miles and miles . . . as the Robins would fly. It is so cold and we are drowning in frozen time. There is several feet of snow still on the ground allowing the robber rabbits to chew higher upon my shrubberies. I am thankful for seeing your spring like photos of buds and blooms. I know spring will arrive here too. ;>)

  18. Jan, I like your opening paragraph and I agree. Would love to see the weather change. The weatherman in our area predicted in the high forties, so we might be in for a thaw. I so hope to see shoots coming through the soil.Your Helleborus is pretty and a welcome sight.

  19. Oh, me too, Jan! Only thing is, winter is not so much over me. It keeps going and going and going, a la energizer bunny...thankfully, I know it will leave eventually.

  20. I hear your plea and many others for Spring to arrive quickly. That twinkle you see on my blog was a star for you make your wish upon...according to Carolyn Shade Garden in her comment. :)

  21. Happy March Jan,
    My daffs are just poking out too. It will be few weeks before blooms. Thank goodness we are having thundershowers today and not ice and snow. March can be a roller coaster ride...I am looking forward to flying kites and planting my Spring Kitchen Garden.

  22. Happy March and I sure hope spring arrives and soon in your part of the garden! It's been raining, raining and raining and I think the daffs are all lying down in the mud! Well, that's part of spring here, gail

  23. Oh yes Jan, I am over winter too! I found my first bloom this week on the violas, now we have snow. Ick!

  24. Over Winter, Jan? Yes! I am, too. At least I'm trying to be patient as I wait for Spring to arrive. There are subtle signs...

  25. Spring can't come quickly enough this year, Jan. January was so nice here but February was brutal. March is the transition month. So far so good.

  26. Oh, Jan....luv your photo of the forced Forsythia branches. So simple and so beautiful.

    Your comment about maybe being virtue-less made me laugh. I'm not feeling very patient myself these days.

    When I see all the Helleborus blooms on so many garden blogs, it makes me want to kick myself for never planting any. Is it helleborus or hellebores or is one singular and one plural? Oh, what do I know? lol

    I enjoy being able to follow you on fb...you're such a busy lady.

    Happy day to you, Jan. You were one of my first blogger friends and I haven't forgotten that. Typing this is a hurry. Hope it makes sense.


  27. An inspiring post! Less than two weeks until spring and can't wait:) The hyacinths are poking their heads up out of the ground and hopefully winter snow is gone for good!!! Bye bye winter!

  28. I like "don't let the door hit you on the way out." I brought in the branches from the redbud that split this winter and they are in full bloom in my living room.

  29. Jackie, Darla, Heather, Rose, Kiki, Rosie...thanks so much for visiting. I'm hoping by now it is spring wherever you are!!
    Pam, Lona, Ginger, thanks for visiting too! Pam, I need to stop by again and see how you're doing. I'm sorry to hear you had to have surgery again...but maybe this time will finally do the trick. I hope all will be ok for you.
    Jean, I meant to comment on this post quite a while ago. I had wanted to respond to your question about the forsythia. It could be due to different cultivars or climate...hard to tell, really! I actually have 3 different cultivars of forsythia. One of them has all of the flowers out and blooming. Another has no flowers as yet...and the 3rd, which I know the name of ( F. x intermedia 'New Hampshire Gold' is actually a very cold hardy forsythia. It is drooping in nature and the pics show just a few blooms on one of the plants. The other 6 plants still don't have a single bloom and here it is March 25th! I was going to do a separate post on the forsythia...and still might...but wanted to address your comment. You would probably notice those things much more than I would, since you've been travelling back and forth between the differing climates;-)


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