Friday, March 02, 2012

Nasturiums - Hello March!

Nasturiums - Hello March! by linfrye
Nasturiums - Hello March!, a photo by linfrye on Flickr.

9" x 12"
Arches 140#CP

From temps of 85F, sunshiney and summery, to blustery winds and temps in the 40s, March and its Jeckle and Hyde personality has arrived.

I love the way Hal Borland describes it (Sundial of the Seasons):

"March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes and a laugh in her voice ... March is pussy willows ... anemones and bloodroot...brave daffodils. March is a sleet storm pelting out of the north the day after you find the first violet bud...March is the gardener impatient to garden; it is the winter-weary sun seeker impatient for a case of Spring fever. March is February with a smile and April with a sniffle. March is a problem child with a twinkle in its eye."

Sound about right?! It fits perfectly for our weather lately ....

The plants in the greenhouse are already sprouted, and we chanced transplating our spring peas to the vegetable garden with a tent of floating row covers for additional warmth. The daffodils, hyacinths and even the iris are all abloom. Cherry trees are dressed in white and pink, and saucer magnolias are brilliant pink and magenta.

And yet, we're in for another rain storm with thunder, lightning and cooler temps ....

I feel like I"m in a daily time warp never quite sure just what season we're in.

Yes, Hal was right -- March is 'exasperating, lovable, a terror-on-wheels...."

Have a great weekend!


maria said...

that's wonderful and the colurs show me, "spring" is coming, I love orange.......a great work!
greetings maria

Joan T said...

Great colors and freshness to this!!! I am ready for sunshine and warmer temps than we have had. We get teased by the sun and then it is gone again. Enjoy!!

Lorraine said...

What a terrific description of March. Our poor daffy dills have bloomed twice and are now sadly bowing their heads after a very heavy spring snow last week which was gorgeous while it lasted but now we're ready for high temps and rain this week.

Your painting does fit well with the poem and I love the title. The flowers are so bright and cheerful and sing of spring!