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  • Post Your Signs of Spring Here

    Today while driving back from a meeting at the nursing home, I passed a clump of forsythia bushes that were DEFINITELY BUDDING!!!! All of them in the cluster. Golden haze around each branch of each forsythia.

    At least I'm not in the current big blizzard, but I had to thaw the frost-free hydrant this morning because it was sleeted shut, freezing the hydrant itself, though not the water in it. And every time I walk the Bernese Mountain Dog last thing at night, I'm shivering and saying, "Hurry up, hurry up," while she's standing like a statue looking around and saying, "Isn't this invigorating? What excellent weather!" I give the horses pep talks on shedding, but they haven't yet listened.

    But I saw several budding forsythias today.

    Come on, there are signs out there somewhere. There will be a spring beyond the snow. What have you seen that gives hope of an end to this winter?

  • #2
    Well the grass here is getting greener everyday. Finally! And the yaks are shedding like crazy. Hair is everywhere! And I'm currying like crazy in the impossible hope that I'll have sleek summer coats by the show next weekend. lol


    • #3
      Really hard to do as we seem to be burried under thousands of inches of white fluffly stuff, but I've had this orchid in bloom since Nov & another in bud ready to burst forth.

      Then the Hellerbores in the 3 season sunroom...

      Does that count?? Probably not horse related enough... But it's snowing....
      Last edited by Creaghgal; Feb. 21, 2010, 06:12 PM.
      "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork


      • #4
        You're kidding, right?

        I've got at least 2 more solid months of winter, at least 2 more blizzards to come, and then about 6 weeks of cold, dark, rainy mud season.

        Round about June I'll put away the snowblower.

        InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

        Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


        • #5
          My grass is starting to get greener, and the trees have buds on them. We'll start to see trees flowering/blommoming in about 2 weeks.


          • #6
            Geese by the millions are heading north, stopping in our fields for refueling.

            It's light much later in the evening... here in the PNW the day-to-day differences are more pronounced.

            Fur is flying off all the horses... they are itchy, mottley-looking things but here and there I get a glimpse of new coat emerging.

            ANNNNNND, most of all, our barn which contains, let me count... 22 mares*, is one giant hormonal SQUEALFEST. Yippee.

            *what can I say -- we are mare people. The girl:boy ratio is 22:7 which I bet is pretty unusual!
            Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.


            • #7
              what!?! SPRING?! wth is that? I hate you.

              Ponies haven't been out for 4 days because of ice. I hate winter and I probably won't see green for quite a while. It goes solid white to brown, mucky, crap.


              • #8
                ROBINS!!!! We usually see one or two robins at the end of February but this year..... they are everywhere and in great numbers.

                Maybe it's all the rain we've had....it's bringing those juicy worms to the surface!

                Whatever the reason, I don't care. Robins to me means spring is a'comin!
                <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                • #9
                  Our pony started shedding today. I was scratching her today and my gloves were covered. Yeah!!!


                  • #10
                    I've been spitting out horse hair for weeks now! But, I'm looking out onto 4" of the "Blizzard that wasn't " here in Northern RI. Still, the sumac branches are getting red and the spring Flower Show is next weekend. And,I did see a robin a few weeks ago, and I'm sure he's wondering what happened! Red winged blackbirds are a sure sign that spring will arrive- nothing yet!


                    • #11
                      um, can you people stop? I have been to see my ponies once in the last 6 days due to...let me stop and think...OH, YES, the TWO blizzards we have had.

                      I don't know if they are shedding.

                      I can't see ANY plants that don't have snow or ice all over them, and the vast majority of plants that are not actually trees are completely buried.

                      I have just given up on the first show of the spring because there is no way we'll be fit enough in time with 4 feet of snow on the ground.

                      I see no signs of spring.

                      stuck in the house with the dog for company, day #6
                      The big man -- my lost prince

                      The little brother, now my main man


                      • #12
                        No one is shedding and I am looking at a total of 40" of snow since Saturday.........so all I see is WHITE!! In theory I am supposed to be at my day job today.........but though Mr. Tractor has plowed the driveway (driveway piles are around 10 feet tall now) the road is not plowed....so that is not happening. The kid is whiny as we are stuck in the house with no TV reception. The satellite dish is buried up on the roof and getting no reception.
                        Providence Farm


                        • #13
                          An overnight dusting of snow flurries to brighten the 6" of snow on the ground has concealed my daffodils that are trying to push through. I saw them right before this last round of snow.

                          I can't believe y'all have horses who are shedding already. Not one of my 5 has released a winter hair.


                          • #14
                            You are kidding aren't you? Spring? I can't see anything green where I live - buried under 2 feet of snow..... And there is another storm on the way. I doubt I will be able to see any grass at all before mid-March!


                            • #15
                              we actually had a cold night last night, 47 degrees for South Fla, but it will warm up to 65. Going camping this weekend....

                              sorry just had to post - you guys can gloat all summer when we're roasting in the mid 90's and 100% humidity....
                              Last edited by Heart's Journey; Feb. 11, 2010, 04:29 PM.


                              • #16
                                You people are just mean. This has just been officially named the snowiest winter on record so no signs of spring - just white as far as we can see.

                                I hate all of you. More snow on Monday...


                                • #17
                                  Well, I cleaned out my blue bird boxes.

                                  I've seen some bluebirds but not since we got all this snow.

                                  I lost my wood duck boxes and have not made any more so hopefully the wood ducks will find a place to nest. I did see a new pileated woodpecker hole so that is a good thing - unless that tree blew down. I hope not!

                                  I usually frost seed clover this time of year but it's probably not going to happen.

                                  My horses are shedding. Does that count?

                                  Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                                  Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                                  -Rudyard Kipling


                                  • #18
                                    Despite the three snowstorms in the past two weeks, I have seen a few signs of spring.

                                    Before the first snow, I noticed the tiniest little bits of green grass poking through the brown stuff. At first I thought I was imagining it, but a couple of days later I noticed the horses were leaving their hay and wondering out into the pasture to graze...confirmation that I wasn't imagining it. Now, however, any little sprigs of green are under 8" of snow.

                                    One of my horses is shedding like crazy--the gets-in-your-eyes-and-mouth kind of shedding. The other two aren't shedding nearly as much, but they are starting to shed some (the old man doesn't shed until the last minute anyway, so his opinion doesn't count ).

                                    And, yes, the seasonal "Gelding Gigolo" antics have begun. This morning, Big Gelding was rubbing his head all over Little Gelding's rump and standing up on him in an attempt to mount him. Sigh. He didn't get the memo that he is still castrated, just as he has been for many years. However, instead of crawling under a rock and pretending he isn't mine, I proudly declare this a SURE sign of spring!
                                    "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch


                                    • #19
                                      The days are getting longer .... and the ponies are shedding. Little things to be sure, but at this point, I will take what I can get.
                                      Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

                                      Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs


                                      • #20
                                        Horse shedding like crazy and the paid vet bill for the first half of my spring shots, do they count?

                                        Ignore the fact that we still have highs in the low 20s and snow and ice every where.