Spring Has Sprung, But . . .

Winter has made a quick and, we hope, a brief return to Elm Street Gardens.  Hopefully the cold will last for only a couple of days. But today Jim and Elizabeth had to cover all the tender spring and summer crops they have been planting in the outdoor beds as well as roll down the sides of the hoop houses and shut them up snug and tight for the cold night or two to come.

Strong winds are blowing the cold front our way so, although the sun is shining brightly this afternoon, you can feel the temperature dropping.  The row covers on the outdoor beds are puffed up with the wind, but all the bricks that were brought back to the garden as anchors this morning are holding them down just fine.

I am believing spring is really here despite this little set-back and the sight of the tomato plants and various blossoms and iris blooming give one hope that this is the last burst of winter.  Surely . . .

Suzy

Lettuces, broccoli, tomatoes, arugula and squash are tucked in for the night of cold.

Lettuces, broccoli, tomatoes, arugula and squash are tucked in for the night of cold.

Fortunately, there are crops that do not need the protective covering.

Fortunately, there are crops that do not need the protective covering.

Strong winds attempt to lift the row covers, but they are secure!

Strong winds attempt to lift the row covers, but they are secure!

Some of the first tomatoes planted in the hoop houses are taking off and will be fine during the cold spell in this warm environment.

Some of the first tomatoes planted in the hoop houses are taking off and will be fine during the cold spell in this warm environment.

Wonderful iris blossoms reassure us that spring is here.

Wonderful iris blossoms reassure us that spring is here.

Blossoms of spirea and viburnum are another sure sign of spring.

Blossoms of spirea and viburnum are another sure sign of spring.

 

 

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