Sunday, March 20, 2011
Welcome to Spring!
Officially, today is Spring. It was 24°F this morning, and is only up to 37° now, but I have to admit there are signs. The photo above is the tree line in front of the house. I planted a couple of rows of daffodils between the trees. It is time to dig them up & replant - they are crowding each other out, but I never seem to get around to it. The do look great for a couple of weeks. but now they are just peaking up through the ground. Hard to believe there is a lawn between the trees & the road. With the heavy snow this winter the amount of salt & sand at the edge of the road is amazing.
I did one spring ritual - trimmed the grape arbor. I have 6 plants of a Concord derivative I planted in 1975 that are still going strong. I mostly use them for grape juice. My method (which comes from the ball canning book) is to dump a cup of whole grapes in a quart jar, fill with boiling water & 1/2 cup of sugar, and boiling water process for 45 minutes. I have to admit they look a little strange, but as long as you strain it as you pour, it is pretty good grape juice, and is awfully easy to make.
A couple more "Flower" photos:
Till next time!