spring is coming!

It is the first of February, and astronomical spring is six weeks away.  However, it is starting to look like spring at my house, and here’s the proof.

First, indoors, on my kitchen windowsill.  My local grocery store sells pots of sprouting forced bulbs this time of year, and they’re so inexpensive I can’t resist.  I’ll find a corner of ground to tuck them into once it warms up a bit.

Miniature daffodils, already a bit past their prime but still pretty.
Miniature daffodils, already a bit past their prime but still pretty.
Reticulata iris.
Reticulata iris.

And outside.  Please forgive the weeds.  I still haven’t cleaned up the garden yet.  Soon.

The primroses I fell flat on my front porch buying last week. They're a bit bedraggled because of all the rain we've been having, but they're awfully cheerful next to my front door.
The primroses I fell flat on my front porch buying last week. They’re a bit bedraggled because of all the rain we’ve been having, but they’re awfully cheerful next to my front door.
Species crocus struggling up through last year's dead stalks by my front door.
Species crocus struggling up through last year’s dead stalks by my front door.
Hellebores blooming by my back door. There's also a hardy cyclamen in the lower righthand corner.
Hellebores blooming by my back door. There’s also a hardy cyclamen in the lower righthand corner.

Oh, and something unrelated to plants, but definitely related to the weather:  yet another needlework experiment.  Someone posted on Facebook back in early January how they were going to make an afghan by crocheting one row every day.  The color would be determined by the day’s high temperature.  So I thought I would do it, too.  Anyway, here’s the yarn:

Purple (below 45dF/7dC), blue (46-55dF/7-13dC), green (56-65dF/13-18dC), yellow (66-75dF-18-24dC), orange (76-85dF/24-29dC), and red (above 8dF/29dC). The green is much brighter than it shows in the photo, and the purple isn't quite that light.
Purple (below 45dF/7dC), blue (46-55dF/7-13dC), green (56-65dF/13-18dC), yellow (66-75dF-18-24dC), orange (76-85dF/24-29dC), and red (above 85dF/29dC). The green is much brighter than it shows in the photo, the purple isn’t quite that light, and the red is more cherry than the tomato it looks like.

And here’s the afghan at the end of the first month:

At the rate things are going, it's going to be about 12 feet long by the end of December. Oh, well...
The first of January’s at the bottom.  At the rate things are going, it’s going to be about 12 feet long by the end of December. Oh, well…