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Sure SIGNS of Spring


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The Budding Poet10-Mar-01 03:26 AM EST   
Mary10-Mar-01 10:27 AM EST   
yvonne10-Mar-01 10:06 PM EST   
Mary11-Mar-01 04:36 PM EST   
Brian @ P&P Plants11-Mar-01 08:28 PM EST   
Wendy12-Mar-01 02:19 PM EST   
Jude12-Mar-01 03:04 PM EST   
Ann13-Mar-01 07:55 PM EST   
Linda14-Mar-01 10:46 PM EST   
Carolyn18-Mar-01 12:33 AM EST   
liz18-Mar-01 07:20 PM EST   
bill18-Mar-01 11:59 PM EST   
The Budding Poet19-Mar-01 03:29 AM EST   
The Budding Poet........................Zn 4b26-Mar-01 07:09 PM EST   
The Budding Poet....,,,,.................Zn4b06-Apr-01 03:38 AM EST   
The Budding Poet........................ZN4b07-Apr-01 02:20 AM EST   
The Budding Poet........................ZN4b07-Apr-01 02:20 AM EST   
pamela08-Apr-01 11:22 PM EST   
Bogie09-Apr-01 12:28 AM EST   
Tonylyn09-Apr-01 07:00 PM EST   
Angela09-Apr-01 07:44 PM EST   
The Budding Poet.........................Zn4b09-Apr-01 10:58 PM EST   
Deb10-Apr-01 12:31 AM EST   
Linda11-Apr-01 12:31 AM EST   
Helen11-Apr-01 08:46 PM EST   
The Budding Poet.........................Zn4b18-Apr-01 02:38 AM EST   
Betty23-Apr-01 07:54 AM EST 5a   
Ed 23-Apr-01 09:02 AM EST 5a   
Laura23-Apr-01 09:17 PM EST 2b   
Odette26-Apr-01 02:34 PM EST 5a   
Carol26-Apr-01 03:28 PM EST 5a   


Subject: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: The Budding Poet
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Date: 10-Mar-01 03:26 AM EST

Just opened an E-mail and I have to share the good news with you. The hummingbirds have started their northern migration. Here is an url http://www.hummingbirds.net/ for an interesting site with amazing photos and hummer info that also tracks their migration north. Check and see which day they will be arriving in your area so you have your feeders ready and there is a sip waiting for them after their long journey.

Its hard to believe when I look out the front door at the massive seven foot glacier that spring is just around the corner

. Sure SIGNS of Spring

Snow drops awake from their cold icy tombs.

Forsythia and Muscari offer contrasting blooms.

Daffodils and tulips wave in the breeze.

Ravenous robins slurp earthworms with ease.

Here and there the grass is quite green.

Large clumps of Croci add to the scene.

But the signs that assure us that spring is truly here

Are the myriads of GARAGE SALE’ s which soon will appear.

Are there any SIGNS of spring in your neck of the woods?


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Mary
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Date: 10-Mar-01 10:27 AM EST

Hi budding poet,that was so beautiful it almost brought a tear to my eye. Unfortunately we are getting another 10-12" of snow to day to add to the three feet already on the ground. We haven't seen bare ground since November. Other than the disoriented robins that arrived in Jan. ,the only sign of Spring in Moncton N.B. is the 20th of March that is highlighted on my calender. I'm afraid we have had a very long winter and we all need a break. Thanks for the delightful poem. I truly believe spring is right around the corner and we'll be back to digging in the dirt in no time.

Mary from snowy N.B.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: yvonne
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Date: 10-Mar-01 10:06 PM EST

mary My family all live in moncton.It is to bad that you are getting more snow. Our snow in B>C> is leaving but we had flurries this morning. Yvonne from prince george


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Mary
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Date: 11-Mar-01 04:36 PM EST

Hi Yvonne, actually afer the storm was all over we ended up with 18"of the white stuff. My job today was digging out our 5' picket fence. The snow was up and over it all the way around. I will certainly be hurting tomorrow. Oh and the reason for digging out the fence was a 4 footed little fellow named "Harley" who would love to escape his enclosure. I always get a kick out of these articles that say you should grow certain plants for their winter interest. Well unless they grow 9' tall there isn't much point. The only winter interest in my back yard is the tops of the 8' arbors that I can still see. The only good thing is the kids had a wonderful time playing in the snow today. It was a beautiful day sunny and 2degrees C. That in itself is reason to smile. Have a great day Yvonne!!


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Brian @ P&P Plants
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Date: 11-Mar-01 08:28 PM EST

Our Spring has arrived to Central Alberta.The Sun is strong and just about 12 hours. The Snow is melting and the ground is thawing. Today I planted some shrub seeds that will be germinating when the conditions arrive for them.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Wendy
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Date: 12-Mar-01 02:19 PM EST

Guess we've had signs of spring for over amonth. The snowdrops, primroses crocuses and daffodils have been out along time. I'm enjoying a bouquet of daffs for about a week now in my kitchen. You probably guessed I'm on the west coast (mid Vancouver Island actually. will check out the hummingbird site. Thanks.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Jude
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Date: 12-Mar-01 03:04 PM EST

At least we don't have to mow our lawns yet in Edmonton, Wendy - still quite brown (but at least we can see them, Mary).

The hummingbird site is nice, but would be nicer if the world didn't end at the 49th parallel!


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Ann
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Date: 13-Mar-01 07:55 PM EST

I was actually thrilled today to see some Starlings on my bird feeder!! They are probably starved since we still have mountains of snow here in Bethany, Ontario too, when a car goes by it is hidden by the snowbanks. I hope we have a slow thaw or we will be washed away !!


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Linda
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Date: 14-Mar-01 10:46 PM EST

I spotted Geese yesterday heading North.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Carolyn
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Date: 18-Mar-01 12:33 AM EST

The first magnolias are blooming here in Vancouver and they are spectacular!!!


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: liz
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Date: 18-Mar-01 07:20 PM EST

Just thought I would add my 2 cents and say I saw a robin on Thursday March 15th. I live just north of Hamilton, Ontario. On Saturday we had about 3 inches of snow and am glad to say it has melted today. Happy Spring!(soon I hope LOL)


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: bill
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Date: 18-Mar-01 11:59 PM EST

Tulips are poking through, lamb's ears are up, chives are giving it a good shot, the compost was thawed enough to turn and now that the snow is gone the "unfortunate" doggie deposits of winter are thriving all over the place! Spring, aside from the "deposits" is grand! And it rained today!! We need the rain, a very dry winter here in S.E. B.C. Happy Spring to you all!


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: The Budding Poet
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Date: 19-Mar-01 03:29 AM EST

Hey Jude

"The hummingbird site is nice, but would be nicer if the world didn't end at the 49th parallel!"

On the migration maps there is a scroll bar to the right that should help you scroll across the 49th parrallel and track the hummers arrival at your doorstep. One of the unique features of this site is a form we can fill out when we spot our first hummer helping to make the migration maps even more accurate for future generations. I trust the hummers do find there way to Edmonton and your lovely flowers.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: The Budding Poet........................Zn 4b
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Date: 26-Mar-01 07:09 PM EST

This weekend we enterained several snowbirds who had just migrated back north. Spring must be near.

The marvellous monarchs have left their perchs in Mexico and have started their long journey north. Here is an interesting site dedicated to monarch education, conservation and research

http://www.monarchwatch.org/index2.html


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: The Budding Poet....,,,,.................Zn4b
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Date: 06-Apr-01 03:38 AM EST

Glorious weather here all week. Fields are still covered with snow but the seven foot snow bank out front is now about half that size. A flock of geese heading north honked as I broke trail for the Dachsies in the back forty. Some green exposed along the fencelines......Spring has almost sprung.

Dachshunds Through the Snow

Through winter fields over hill and dell,......................................................... My little Dachsies cheerfully sail. ................................................................... Dashing, they go,........................................................................................ Through the deepest snow,........................................................................... As long as I’ve broken trail.

A Run in the Snow with My Cool Hot Dog

Dashing he goes through the coldest snows, ..................................... Swinging low, but up on tippy toes. ............................ .................................. His dangling extremity ......................................................... .......... ........... Aches with intensity, ............................................ ................. ......................... And I just have a cold nose!


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: The Budding Poet........................ZN4b
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Date: 07-Apr-01 02:20 AM EST

Spring has Sprung. Four vocal Pileated woodpeckers celebrating the rites of spring dropped by the garden this morning and strutted ther stuff -one of those glorious great to be alive moments but almost caused an accident between two rubbernecked motorists.

A sole headstrong visitor back in January inspired this;

A pileated woodpecker not too clever...................................................... A tall hydro pole tried to sever....................................................... No bugs found he,....................................................... Just creosote and debris,.................................................... The sad reward for his lofty endeavour.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: The Budding Poet........................ZN4b
Zone:
Date: 07-Apr-01 02:20 AM EST

Spring has Sprung. Four vocal Pileated woodpeckers celebrating the rites of spring dropped by the garden this morning and strutted ther stuff -one of those glorious great to be alive moments but almost caused an accident between two rubbernecked motorists.

A sole headstrong visitor back in January inspired this;

A pileated woodpecker not too clever............................................................. A tall hydro pole tried to sever.......................................................................... No bugs found he,............................................................................................ Just creosote and debris,................................................................................. The sad reward for his lofty endeavour.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: pamela
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Date: 08-Apr-01 11:22 PM EST

We got 30cm of snow last week. Spring has come to Calgary.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Bogie
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Date: 09-Apr-01 12:28 AM EST

What is Spring?

Here in St. John's, we still have 5 - 7 feet of snow in our backyards.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Tonylyn
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Date: 09-Apr-01 07:00 PM EST

Here in northern ontario the snow is still piled high and wood smoke still lingers in the air. When it isn't snowing it is raining.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Angela
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Date: 09-Apr-01 07:44 PM EST

We had summer yesterday in Niagara. It was 25C in my backyard. Today it is much cooler and raining, more like Fall. Hope we didn't miss Spring.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: The Budding Poet.........................Zn4b
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Date: 09-Apr-01 10:58 PM EST

Tonylyn

We grabbed a hold of Angela's warm weather for a few days and have now pushed it a head north for you. The seven foot snow bank in the front garden has quickly vanished exposing the winter works of many moles ......Mountains to molehills.....and here come their rodent cousins.

Sprintime in Manotick

Time to enjoy the sweet smelling earth,....................................................... Time to ponder this rapturous rebirth, .................................................... Time to linger in mosquito free days,..................................................... Time to soak up some glorious rays,........................................................ Time to coddle seedlings on crowded window sills,............................ Time to tour nurseries, oblivious to the bills,......................................... Time to marvel as our garden unfurls,..................................................... Time to free “Rover”, here come the squirrels


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Deb
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Date: 10-Apr-01 12:31 AM EST

Oh I do feel for you folks in the east. I must confess that while moving several loads of top soil and fish compost during the weekend, I experienced a small but important sun burn! And while we seem to like to "go on" here on Vancouver Island...we do recognize this is a big country...and all are not this fortunate.

Here's hoping spring is just around the corner for all!

Budding Poet...I am enjoying your poetry.

Deb


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Linda
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Date: 11-Apr-01 12:31 AM EST

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Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Helen
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Date: 11-Apr-01 08:46 PM EST

Here in Southern Ontario we finally have buds on trees, robins singing away and bulbs popping up through the ground. I have already bought my girl guide cookies, and boy are they good! Too bad the 25 dregree weather didn't stay but I'll take 15 or so this weekend, now if the rain would only come at night. If we have another dry summer we might as well take the rain while we can. Just think it is only about a month away from the May 24 weekend when we plant most of the flowers here.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: The Budding Poet.........................Zn4b
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Date: 18-Apr-01 02:38 AM EST

After such a long drawn out winter here in Eastern Ontario ,it is truly amazing what a glorious Spring we are enjoying. ....................................................................

Spring’s into Action .............................

Pent up all winter under six feet of snow....................................................... Sweeps of swallowwort are ready to grow............................................ Rambunctious ajuga is rambling low.......................................................... And strawberries are meandering with younguns in tow............................ Up at the gate as you probably know..................................................... Horseradish and coltsfoot are galloping so. ............................................... King of the jungle, wild dandelions blow, ........................................... Spring,s into action , hoe, hoe , hoe, hoe.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 23-Apr-01 07:54 AM EST

May flowers, one lone and brave tree swallow .. but where are the peepers?? Has any one heard them yet?


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 23-Apr-01 09:02 AM EST

Chipmunks and magnolias ! And suddenly Spring came to Leeds.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Laura
Zone: 2b
Date: 23-Apr-01 09:17 PM EST

The pelicans are back! On our river the pelicans come each spring and the whole city waits, we even have a contest to see if someone can pinpoint the date. What beautiful creatures they are


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Odette
Zone: 5a
Date: 26-Apr-01 02:34 PM EST

Budding poet, your poems are lovely! They're a bit like spring: surprising and making us laugh out loud in joy. I think icangarden should have a poet's corner, with a collection of your poems. Thank you for the laughs and smiles. I'm procastinating doing my taxes, and this really did me good.


Subject: RE: Sure SIGNS of Spring
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 26-Apr-01 03:28 PM EST

Butterflies and blooms! Saw the first butterfly yesterday, and the first viola blooming...in the lawn! Oops! Spring sure is full of surprises. Thanks, Budding Poet, for keeping us all smiling!


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