I am thrilled to announce that there are finally blooms in the garden! After weeks of cold temperatures and heavy rain, we are blessed with two days of sunshine…in a row! According to my journal, February to date was cloudy 15 days, actual rain or snow 6 and sunny 6, bearing in mind that 3 of those sunny days it was freezing or down to 10 degrees F. So we are joyous to see crocus….before the next forecasted snow arrives! There are small congregations of “Cream Beauty” in the potager’s exterior border, the Deck Garden and the South Island. None yet in the Front Garden or Addition Garden. Regardless, there ARE crocuses which old garden lore signals as the time to plant snow peas, so I did. I cleared a small area along the potager’s north fence, which as you can see had basil and tomato plants last season. After the old plants were removed, a couple of dandelion plants were revealed, but my favorite tool, the Cobrahead quickly removed them with roots intact. Within minutes of starting the west half was planted with Mammoth Melting Sugar Pod seeds, leftover from last year. They have been covered, and are being blessed with sunshine today. It will be interesting to see how well they do because according to the Old Farmers’ Almanac today is NOT a day for planting, but for weed removal. So, while the sun shines, I’m off to weed another row of raspberries, with a great big smile on my face, because THERE ARE CROCUSES BLOOMING IN THE GARDEN!