Northeast Gardening forum: What are your sure signs of Spring?

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 10, 2015 6:43 AM CST
I have a few early spring mileposts that assure me better weather is coming.
# 1 I can see old perennial tops in the melting snow
# 2 Hibernating animals are waking up, smelled skunk this morning.
# 3 The Robins are back.They usually show up around the tenth on March.
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Mar 10, 2015 6:48 AM CST
The snow usually melts close to the garage & my daffs show up there first, but the snow is not melting enough yet.....there are no bare patches anywhere......No robins, no red-wing blackbirds, no turkey vultures which usually start showing up here in Feb. Not much birdsong at all.......So, no signs of spring here as yet.....
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
Mar 10, 2015 6:52 AM CST
I miss the birds. I expect it will be awhile before the Song Sparrows and Wrens show up.
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Mar 10, 2015 6:57 AM CST
My wrens usually show up in early June.....song sparrows spend the winter, I have a few at the feeder....also, some white throated sparrows were here all winter, juncos, titmice, & chickadees.....no cardinals, no jays.....
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 10, 2015 12:56 PM CST
Spotted a song sparrow checking out our feeder yesterday. Empty unfortunately. There is now a hole in the snow under the feeder. You can see all the seeds & shells in it. A cock cardinal was there pigging away. See the hen most often. The January blizzard saw 4 extra cocks show up. Maybe all last years' kids were boys.
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wha
Mar 10, 2015 5:22 PM CST
bird tweets are sounding like they are getting ready for spring
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 10, 2015 9:21 PM CST
How come they are tweeting in Pepperal? I have not even heard red winged blackbirds.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
Mar 11, 2015 3:18 AM CST
We dont hear the RedWing BB/s until late March or April. We have deep snow on the ground .
A Carolina Wren has been here all winter but no Song Sparrows. Now that the snow is receeding from the deck ,maybe birds will return to feed on seeds that were covered.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 11, 2015 6:32 AM CST
I have not seen our Carolina wren lately, although at least one was around in Jan., so it didn't get counted in Feb great backyard bird count.
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Mar 11, 2015 7:34 AM CST
I haven't seen my Carolina wren since last fall......hope the poor little thing didn't freeze, but had the smarts to go south....I can finally get to my bird feeder.....the fellow across the road has a window feeder, so he's kept the birds going when I couldn't.....he also keeps the deer fed, but once the snow melts they'll be over here eating my plants.... Sad
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 11, 2015 9:41 AM CST
yes, deer should be on their own.

There was more melt yesterday so by landmarks, we should have 4 feet of snow left. John had dug a path to the tube feeder & suet cake in the front yard. At the height of the snow the cake was just far enough away so he waded to it. I like it for the wood peckers, although white breasted nuthatches also help themselves.
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Mar 12, 2015 7:22 AM CST
I miss my red-bellied woodpeckers! One patch of grass opened up yesterday.....under the hemlock trees, so not as much snow accumulates there.......I'm just overjoyed to see grass!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Mar 12, 2015 7:56 AM CST
I'm with Marilyn - happy to see grass and finally the courtyard is clearing!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 12, 2015 8:43 AM CST
The evergreens is where snow melts first here. There are no fences and propertys are segregated with islands of mulch and evergreens.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Mar 12, 2015 9:21 AM CST
We don't have fences or sidewalks out here. These two melting spots make me laugh. They're one of the neighbor's cesspools and one of ours! Reminds me of the very funny Erma Bombeck and "The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank".
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Mar 12, 2015 9:24 AM CST
Its a colder day here,yesterday at this time it was nearly 50* Its 32*
I took pix of melting snow around the property edges where the gardens are.
Some pix are from inside the house.
Garden Start summer look
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From livingroom window Last July

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Deck from the kitchen Last July

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Mar 12, 2015 9:25 AM CST
Pirl " Its always warmer over the septic tank" LOL
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Mar 12, 2015 9:42 AM CST
I'm enjoying the photos mainly because the snow has ended. It was a very long February!

What are your plans for the tree cut in half? I'm sure you have something in mind!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Mar 12, 2015 10:02 AM CST
Years ago I made a birdhouse that has hung on the tree. I didnt want the tree cut below where the nail is.
We took out three trees along the east and north sides last January.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Mar 12, 2015 10:09 AM CST
So pretty! I knew you had a reason to leave it.

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