promise of spring

29 Jan

One of the nice things about this area of the country (southern Illinois) is that, although we can have fierce winters, really cold periods usually are broken up by a day here and there of really nice weather. Today, for example, the temperature got near 70, making it absolutely necessary to get outside (although winter is forecast to return tomorrow).  I found myself wandering around the garden to see if anything other than Lenten Rose has started to emerge.    Below is what I found.  All of these easily could be covered with snow a time or two before Spring actually arrives, but it helps to get through the winter knowing what is in store in just a couple of months.  (The last picture of the yellow grass that lives in the shallow end of the pond really doesn’t belong in this group.  It pretty much keeps its color all year round, although the yellow color will brighten with the coming of Spring.)

You might want to click on the individual pictures to get a better view.

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