ic Kathe With an E: Springtime in Colorado

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Springtime in Colorado

Like most of the country
we have been experiencing
an early Spring
here in Colorado.
The front of our house faces north
and we usually don't see the lawn 
until mid April.
This year 
all of the winter snow 
was gone by the second week of March.
March is normally our snowiest month.
2012 went into the history books
as the driest on record.

This past weekend we broke 
other records.
We were in the mid 80's both Saturday and Sunday. 
This strange weather pattern 
meant that 
we are able to enjoy
the color of the bulbs planted in Fall
in Spring!
 The daffodils and  hyacinths
are blooming.
Tulips are peeking through the warm soil.
The forsythia bush
is in full bloom
with flowers as bright as the sunshine.
I was able to get out the rake
and clean out the back perennial bed.
I cover it with my homemade compost
and then leaves
that were gathered and shredded
last fall as mulch.
After the April and May rains
I will put up
the little wooden fence
to hold all of the anticipated
plants in check.
 Mr. B's hop plants
are already climbing the twine
he set up to go
up to the second story of the house!
This is their second year and they are
fuller and stronger than last year.
He is hoping to get enough hops to
add to his home brewed beer this Fall.

Of course, as anyone that
has lived in Colorado, for even a short period of time knows,
the weather can change in an instant.
Our last frost isn't usually until Mother's day.

Tuesday was no surprise to us then
when we woke to cold and snow.
80's one day, high 30's the next.
It is much needed moisture.
We learn to trust that
Mother Nature knows what she is doing.
The snow she sends now
actually protects the young plants and flowers.
The snow now means
beautiful gardens later.

We accept that here. 
Nay, we expect that here.
We look ahead to 
the beauty of 
Springtime in Colorado!

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  1. I so enjoy spring flowers, they are so delicate yet resilient. Happy Easter!

  2. Beautiful pictures. Our warm up has ended too but no snow. Happy Easter!

  3. What lovely photos. Enjoy your Spring and what glories the earth brings. Hugs, Linda

  4. Your Forsythia is gorgeous! Puts mine to shame.


  5. Oh Kathe---your almost there!! Tulips are a peeking- whoohoo!! Enjoy all those fun flowers, your yard looks awesome! Hope you and your hubs had a wonderful Easter! -Jen

  6. I live in western kansas and can relate to that crazy weather. Spring is so beautiful here also. Hope the moisture keeps coming. I followed you from Homemaker On a Dimes party.
    Your newest follower,

  7. Beautiful photos! I remember daffodils covered in snow from growing up in northern England!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Beautiful pictures. I love spring flowers I have a ton of daffodils. Check out my post Not Quite Spring Yet. Hope you had a great Easter.

  9. Wonderful photos, Kathe, and a great description of Spring in Colorado. It was certainly a picture perfect Easter, and today promises to be a great opening day for baseball!

  10. Your forsythia is gorgeous! Love the happy yellow flowers :-) We had a super-warm week in March here too, but now it's back to cooler temps. No snow, though. But that doesn't mean it won't happen! Like you, we can have frost here up till the end of May. So even though spring has sprung, winter might still pay us a visit.

    Hope you have a beautiful garden this summer :-)


  11. Enjoyed your description of Spring in Colorado. We'll be making our springtime trip out to the Front Range in just a few weeks. I love springtime in the Rockies!

  12. Really loved looking at your photos.
    Spring peeking out of the snow- wonderful!

  13. You sure have alot more blooming then I do in my Colorado yard! Though we both look like we got the same snow! We received 14 inches last Tuesday - so needed! I am a beekeeper and we brought of our 3 hives home to the backyard as the pears and plums started blooming later last week. So glad to have the girls back home!

    bee blessed

  14. I wish we had gotten some of that moisture in Longmont! We only had a teeny bit of rain! Your yard is already in full bloom!

  15. Hi Kathe, Your crabapple tree is stunning, especially with the dusting of snow. Happy Spring!

  16. How strange to have extreme changes in the weather like that. We might as well embrace whatever Mother Nature and Father Time do, we can't control them.

  17. Eh- it's such a shame to see the early spring flowers mowed over by more snow!!! Visiting via Artful Rising today.

  18. Katherine, I think the weather is very unpredictable everywhere these days. We have been having 80 degree temps for weeks and now it is in the 60 degree range with frost likely for the next three nights. I have host as and roses that will need to be covered to protect them. Thanks for showing your pretty spring flowers at Your Cozy Home Party.------ Shannon

  19. It's so beautiful! I love the snow and the flowers! I have always wanted to visit Colorado. It seems like such a lovely state! And because I LOVE snow! :)

  20. Lovely spring blooms, even with snow on them.

  21. Wasn't this the strangest winter, Kathe? It was actually decent for a change here in Michigan. Very tolerable! lol! March was absolutely beautiful and warm....then WHAM! April gets here and we're all shivering again! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  22. Hi Kathe!

    Love your beautiful Forsythia bush. I bet you enjoy taking cuttings to force inside.

    When I lived in Fort Worth we had weather in the 80's for Valentine's Day and it snowed on Easter morning. Just missed a couple of tornadoes by 2-3 miles.

    Thanks for sharing at my party this week!

    xoxo Bunny Jeans
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop

  23. Hello, found you through the Uncommonly Yours link up party. I live in Colorado too and think your bulbs bloomed beautifully! I don't have any in my yard and would love to next year. Happy Spring! from Holly @www.abakershouse.com

  24. Beautiful Pic's! I so love spring:) I am hopping over from fireflies and jellybeans blog hop and am now following you. I would so love a follow back.

  25. You never know about the weather in Indiana either. It's not quite as extreme as Colorado. Beautiful photos and I'm glad you have adapted to Colorado weather. I am anixious for all the coldness to end.

  26. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing this at our "Beautify It Monday" Party! We hope you'll be back again next week!

  27. Absolutely beautiful! I love Spring! :]

  28. The weather is so crazy in NY as well. Your flowers are beautiful and I love the attitude you take with mother nature knowing what she's doing. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

  29. how very pretty we have many spring flowers now as well

  30. Your photos are so beautiful, our weather has been likewise, except without the snow, just cooler temps. I had to cover my tomatoes and tender plants last night because of frost.

  31. Here in northern cali, we had nice weather on Easter then we got snow today, crazy. I know how you feel. Lovely pics.

  32. so pretty! And your hop vine is looking great! Mine is sad. Although I planted it last year...and it was such a dry year. Hopefully this year it does better. Your beds are going to be lovely! Thanks for linking up to The Stinky Linky Party! It was great to have you!

  33. Beautiful flowers! :) And yes, gotta love our crazy Colorado springtimes! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  34. the blossoms under the snow are so cool :)

  35. Beautiful blooms. Looks like your gardens are all geared up for a fantastic spring.

  36. Happy Spring. Thanks for sharing the transformation of the seasons!

  37. Love your photos! Im so itching to get out there and dig in the dirt:) Very pretty! Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

  38. My goodness what beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! Enjoy your Spring!

    Take care,


  39. Beautiful photos, Kathe! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  40. Lovely photos, w have the same crazy weather in Utah! Thank you for linking up to the Thursday hop. Sorry I'm behind in saying thank you. My Monday post will explain my delay.Hope to see you again this Thursday. xo

  41. Oh my goodness! We have had some of that crazy weather here back in February. Loved the 80's then had snow a few days later. But I can't imagine that in April! Crazy! :) Love the pictures!
    One Chatty Chic

  42. Gorgeous spring blooms! Ours came very early - February - so lovely to see the flowers in gardens in other places! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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