Friday, March 22, 2024

Flower Friday: March 22, 2024


Good morning friends!

How is your spring starting off? 

Ours this:

I know some of you got snow recently and it looks like we may as well later today.  I won't even complain about the fact that March came in like a lamb and is going out like a lion.  It's been happening too many years at this point.

The crocuses croaked.  
The flowers bloomed for about a day and got rained on.  Then the temperatures went up to the 70s and they burned out right away.  I am still glad I got a photo of them (the header above).

The daffodils are in full bloom now and everywhere you look the yellow blooms look cheerful but a bit haggard and windblown.

Throughout this winter, I noticed that our neighbors arborvitae were really beaten up and often permanently damaged by the wet snow we experienced.  I didn't think that much of it at the time, it happens.  

But there are two arborvitae right off the patio here.  They were here when we moved in 30 years ago and the previous owner said they were here when he moved in 17 years before us.  The arborvitae are about 35- 40 feet tall and even one of our tree guys marveled at the height.  They are really trees and not shrubs at all.  

I was cleaning out the garden when it was warm and noticed that one of the "trees" had split.  You can see the wound below.

In cases like this, one does not call any old tree guy.  The cracked tree is supported by the weak base and branches from the cedar aside of it.  We need to protect our neighbor's house on the other side of the wall and there are power lines nearby.  Len Witt of Witt's Tree Service came out right away.  We thought that the whole tree would need to be removed but he suggested he just remove the second tree.  He thinks the main tree might heal (if it doesn't, he'll be back) but he loved the way the three trees looked together.  It's worth a shot.

What's going on in your garden?

Have a safe and happy weekend!


  1. We woke up to snow this morning and as I write -- 11 a.m. -- it's still coming down. The pavement is warm enough that the snow melts on contact but trees and lawns and hedges, etc., are covered in white. We rustled up a whole bunch of robins on our way home from an errand -- probably three dozen!

  2. Our Spring is like that, too - you never know what you're going to get! I live seeing your daffodils. Good luck with the arbor vitae - I hope all goes well with them!

  3. Our spring is like that, except no snow at all this year. :( Your spring flowers are gorgeous! Good luck with the trees!