With the first day of spring around the corner, I can’t help myself from searching for new flowers and buds when walking, a daily pastime. Alas, I realize many of you are dealing with snow. Hardly seems fair!

These early blooming Hellebores are a treat to my eyes.

These early blooming Hellebores are a treat to my eyes.

I have already pruned our roses … Just a little, as I fear it is too early. Or am I wrong? I figure as long as I’m wearing turtlenecks and long johns under my sweatpants, it’s chilly outside. And yet I see hellebores in abundance and an occasional daffodil. What fun to see their cheery yellow trumpets greeting me.

Fun to see daffodils popping up in other people’s yards!

Fun to see daffodils popping up in other people’s yards!

The start of daylight savings time is drawing near too, which is not my best friend as I’m an early riser. I don’t appreciate the bleak mornings when I could be out walking. But many people love to spring forward. Our governor has threatened to continue Daylight Savings Time throughout the year. Daylight Savings Time has come and gone through the decades, so I’m not going to yawn yet.

I wish our rhododendrons would bloom early like these beauties.

I wish our rhododendrons would bloom early like these beauties.

I did something that I think is silly the other day: I reset the sound to my iPhone so that it wouldn’t ping exactly the way my husband’s phone and iPad do. What did I set it to? The sound of a bird chirping. Yesterday as I was walking along listening to the birds, my husband was actually trying to text me. Not until I checked later, did I realize the bird’s chirping was my phone. Guess I’ll have to choose another ringtone.

It seems everywhere I go I’m tempted to buy flowers!

It seems everywhere I go I’m tempted to buy flowers!

Are you ready to go out in the garden, turn over the soil, and plant? Or maybe fill pots with pansies and primroses. I am, but I recall all the early plantings from the past. Just not warm enough yet. Although, with the demise of our gorgeous oak tree I expect to have a sunny garden in the front yard.

march 2020 kate lloyd giveaway prize

Enter for a chance to win some of my favorite gardening tools and a signed copy of one of my books.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite gardening tools as my prize this month. Enter to win these Garden Goodies (16”diameter Pop-Up Bag, waterproof Wonder Grip Gloves, BigGrip Planting Tool, and Trimming and Shaping Clippers, plus one of my novels, either An Amish Christmas KitchenStarting from ScratchA Letter from Lancaster County; or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy — Leaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish; or A Portrait of Marguerite. US and Canada only, winner has three days to respond.