Brief 2011 phenology notes: crocus have been up and blooming for over a week. The one variety of species tulip just started blooming. Close-to-house daffodils are budded but not yet blooming. First sandhill cranes were spotted at least two weeks ago, possibly more.
Not out of the woods yet for frost, though, so I think the traditional last-frost date of April 5 will not be met this year.
March 10: Sandhill cranes
March 13-21: crocus
March 21: redpolls
April 5: ramps, blue species tulips, squill, grape hyacinth, daffodils
April 11: bloodroot, dandelion, bush cherry, lungwort, first asparagus just poking out
April 15: first asparagus harvest,
April 28: wetland frogs singing for dates
May 1: primroses, sweet woodruff, lipstick-colored species tulips
July 17: first tomato harvested
Aug. 8: 3rd generation monarch butterflies?
Garden-wise, I will be late. I was late ordering seeds (although Baker Creek delivered my order in a mere 3 days), I'm clearly late starting things indoors, and I have a ton (literally) of digging and amending to do before I should put anything in the ground. And today's rainy, and next weekend I won't be available for outside work...and then it's mid-April. 'Sakes. Well, it will get done eventually. Digging holes in the yard is good for me.
Z. and I visited Patty's Plants yesterday, at their brand-new location inside an old church. Got velcro plant ties and a bag of spouts with an adapter so one can re-use soda bottles and such. The coffee shop, complete with spiffy stained glass windows, was closed by the time we got there.