Originally, I ignored the tweets and emails about participating in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Instead I was enjoying, living & gardening vicariously through my southern blog friends’ posts. Here in Southern Vermont, we had a glorious amount of snow in December and early January, then a significant thaw and deluge over the past week. This morning it was 26 degrees, with recently bared and frozen packed ground for footing.
I’m guilty of not fretting about an early spring or unseasonably warm winter because I’m a human-popsicle from October til May. Also having gardened for 24 years on my property, we’ve not consistently experienced early springs ever. Lambing photos in April & May reveal that I am bundled in overalls, neck warmer, hat & gloves in the bone-chilling cold of the barn stalls. Snow in May is not uncommon and what I know for sure is that you should never, ever set your tender annuals out until after Memorial Day.
However, nudged to not be such a curmudgeon, I set out looking for something to contribute and happily discovered premature signs of spring.
This corner of Southwestern Vermont is Zone 5a as far as the USDA‘s Zone Hardiness goes, but around here we are jokingly referred to as living in the Banana Belt. Microclimate‘s abound, and parts of my own gardens break the zones down even further, depending on the plantings and structures around them.
Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, all!