More Signs of Spring

Here’s another glimpse of our Kalamazoo Spring. Despite a 24-hour cold spell this Sunday into Monday morning, the blooms continue to unfurl. I am so excited to finally have ranunculus! I love these exuberant flowers but have never grown them before:



Candy tufts and daffodils:


Sometimes even my hair joins the party:


Different parts of the office get activated, like this happy bonsai …


… and 2017’s Kalamazoo Kal or one of his lookalike offspring arrived right on time:


Hopefully, this one remains on good behavior, unlike last year’s wicked smart and smell immune Wunderkind. I can handle backyard weed patrol, but I won’t plant lettuce into the front yard beds until my garlic deterrent grows larger and more fragrant.

One of the sillier and more exciting confirmations of Spring is an enlarged selection of locally available sunglasses. I love rose colored glasses on a gray day. They cut the glare without cutting the light, and they make fluorescent lights so much less obnoxious! My rectangular ones have a hairline crack in them, so I have searched high and low for a backup pair. I found these cat eye glasses on Sunday and –despite the photo’s expression — I could not be happier:


That’s my “tell the groundhog who’s boss expression” as I go on cat patrol until the neighbor’s outdoor kitty returns to remind the groundhog that dandelions are fine, but the garden is off limits. Fun times at Dra’Faven! Those rascally groundhogs are annoying, yet they provide hours of entertainment.

What signs of Spring are you observing?

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eliza Ayres on April 17, 2019 at 11:17 am

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  2. beautiful !! pictures but what it, the photo of an animal, also has to do with garlic !! (fun humor)se/nz thanks

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    • Thank you! Apparently, MOST groundhogs hate the smell of garlic. I plant garlic in a circle around my spring greens, and it keeps the animals away. I don’t want to have fresh lettuce in the front beds before the garlic greens get nice and stinky to deter the critters, since there’s not much else for them to eat.

      Groundhogs are fascinating in that they seem to have generational memories. It is very important not to establish an area as “their” area, or you’ll have a terrible time getting rid of them. Even three or four generations later they “remember” their exact paths and haunts. That’s why I work hard to keep the front garden off their radar. The backyard, they can have. The front? I set my neighbor on a relocation project like we did with boy genius with no sense of smell last year!

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      • Thank you back, yes I think so wohll you can also plant catnip in the garden and manhat genuinely no more visits from rodents or cats, or even inten r, but manmal people are also his hunting, the alpine marmot also had his enemies?
        Especially birds of prey like the golden eagle, but also martens and foxes. In Germany the alpine marmot is under nature protection. thank you so much for your contribution, to protect the animals, wish you all the best and much success with your blog !!!!

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        • Yes, I called some foxes here. They are the delight of the neighborhood, but seem not to have affected the groundhog population. We also have an owl that moved in a little after we did, but nature has its own balance. 🙂 Big blessings to you!

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        • Oha my god thank you too !! 🙂 Great blessings for you!.., ((((*L*)))))

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  3. 🦋💙

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