The day started with a trip to the home improvement store. Not for gardening stuff this time but for painting materials. A bathroom in our house needs redone so I ventured out to find what we needed. Fortunately the garden center area wasn't stocked yet and the temptation to add more plants to the garden was not there.
Later in the day I went out exploring the garden in the 30 degree weather. And I found this:
The hyacinths are rising! Already. It seems very early to me but the weather has been much warmer this year and it makes sense. I looked back at a blog post from 2009 and saw that the last week of January was the hyacinths were beginning to emerge. The daffodils were sending up buds too. I hope this early growth doesn't carry over to the fruit trees or we may finds ourselves lacking in local fruit this year.
Before my daughter got home from school my neighbor's daughter stopped by to ask a question. She wanted to know if I would mind if she kept a bee hive in their back yard which is adjacent to ours. I thought about it for a second, my only real concern being that my kids wouldn't wander too close and said sure. It will be a benefit to my garden to have a happy hive of honey makers nearby. We garden organically here so there will be no risk to the hive from us and with bees becoming threatened by stuff like colony collapse disorder anything we can do to support them is a good thing! And maybe if the bees do well we'll get some extremely local honey!
Then my kids and I drove to grandma's house. I had a meeting to go to (which I'll mention in a moment) and grandma was going to watch the kids for me. Along the way I had to make a stop. I've been saying for a couple years now that I need to stop by the lake in our community and take a picture of the heron. Wednesday was that day! I'm pretty pleased with the pictures I managed to take of the blue heron.
I know some of you pond gardeners may not be fans of the heron, with their great appetite for your fish, but they are some very majestic birds. Their size and their graceful flight have always captivated me. Truly majestic!
Earlier I mentioned a meeting I was on my way to, what was it you may be wondering? Myself and two other people have decided to start the first Spring Hill Children's Garden! Right alongside the children's garden will be a community garden where citizens of Spring Hill can come and plant their gardens for 2012. This definitely looks to be one of my bigger projects and I'm really hoping that it goes over well in our community. If you have ever put together or worked on either a children's garden or a community garden and you have some ideas or tips to share please let me know! This will be our first attempt and any insight that will help us find success is welcome!
There's more Seed Sowing 101 to come on Monday - Tomorrow will be another Friday Five Post!