We love outdoor play – in all types of weather – but this has been a very, very long winter. On the positive side, this slow-to-warm-up spring has allowed the snow in the yard to melt without creating huge puddles of water. Soaking wet children cannot stay outside in cool temperatures.
Yesterday the gravel area was almost dry and there are just a few patches of stubborn snow left. We checked out the visible soil in the garden and on the hill;
Close inspection resulted in the discovery of some very tiny bits of new growth. Baby plants – how exciting! There is some Yarrow – always the first one to show up here;
And even more exciting is this one;
It is growing where the Prairie Coneflower used to be. The coneflower didn’t grow last year – I thought it may have died.
There are also some tiny sprouts of Giant Hyssop but the pictures were too blurry.
We can’t wait to go out today and see if the sprouts are bigger or if there are some more. There is finally a glimmer of hope that this long winter may be over soon.