Dare I say it?
I think Spring has a foot in the door. (!)
Just look at these crocus.
They've really spread in two years. Here they are in 2009:
The daffodils are beginning to wake up.
We haven't seen these crocus in the grass for a couple years.
I have a feeling the "girls" (see chickens in sidebar) must have been eating them.
We've penned up the girls again this year, but more permanently. They have the sideyard to themselves which includes three compost piles, a flock block, plenty of free greens from my workplace and mealworms once a week. So far they seem to be accepting it. We're hoping many missing flowers will return this year without the chickens scratching and pecking at them.
And another reason to feel optimistic; I've started taking French lessons from a person at work who is fluent in four languages. Wish me luck.