Friday, 19 March 2010

Okay, I'm Going to Call It...

... that the red-winged blackbirds are back. It's been funny this year; usually they are not here one day and then the next day they are everywhere. This year I've been hearing one or two calling in the morning for the last 4 or 5 days but there just aren't huge numbers of them all over the place. Are they trickling up slowly, confused by the fact that it's been so cold down in the U.S.? Or did they decide to go to Europe this year? Or is the Big Wave still to come and I am just impatient?

And honestly, I think we've had more warmth in the last week than we had all of last summer. I am left with the feeling that this summer too will be a gardening challenge for completely different reasons than last year.


CallieK said...

My rhubarb is nosing its way out of the dirt already and I've heard (but not seen) robins in the morning all week. It's definitely here!

And your speculation about the summer weather seems to agree with the forecasters- they're calling for a hot dry summer! I'd better figure out my irrigation system for the rooftop tomatoes.

Ferdzy said...

Yes, we've got little pink nubs of rhubarb coming up. Where we planted and also where we removed it, lol/sigh.

We're in a snow belt which hopefully also means we're in a rain belt, but yes - we're going to have to think about irrigation too. Our soil is so sandy, it just drains like sieve.