Monday, March 23, 2015

Mosaic Monday #33 - Goodbye Winter

As I sit writing my post on Saturday afternoon the wind is howling like a banshee and snowflakes are furiously swirling about as they head downward to cover the ground again.
With the snow shrinking rapidly the last couple of days, the pond is opening up to reveal the ravages of winter. Survival of the fittest. Yes, sadly each spring we lose a number of goldfish that weren't hardy enough to overwinter at the bottom of the pond.
My favourite weigela 'Ghost' in summer that was a Proven Winners trial shrub a few years ago. The name 'Ghost' comes from the faded greenish-yellow leaves.
'Ghost' as it appears now, chewed back to less than half its size by the resident rabbits. On the right, how my shrub looks after being processed.
Things once alive and colourful but still beautiful as seen by the winter parchment of hydrangea 'Limelight' with the sun shining in the background on the fence.
It really is spring though and do you want to know how I know?
The robins are back! They arrived as the first harbinger of spring in my garden and I'm glad there are still dwarf crabapples (even if shrivelled) left for them to eat.
I can hardly wait for sprouts to start popping out of the soil as it warms and provide some much needed spring colour.  To the blogging sisters out east who are still buried under four feet of snow, I hope you see some signs of spring soon. ♥
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39 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos of robins, Judith!
    But those rabbits! I hope your weigela will recover well, they are such beautiful shrubs.
    When I'm writing this, it's snowing thick here. My computer just went black (one of those days, clearly), but did turn on again. I do hope I will be able to visit everybody!
    Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week!

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  2. Beautiful mosaics, Judith...thanks so much for hosting. Have a beautiful week. xoxo

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  3. Sorry about the fishes and your shrub, not fair! I hope that spring comes soon and that that you can get back to the garden and sort it all out! xx

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  4. Interesting photos Judith........love the robins and dried hydrangeas.
    Hope nature's pruner hasn't gone too far!

    Happy Mosaic Monday!
    Ruby

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  5. No robins but red-winged blackbirds came back last week and are holed up somewhere. Looks like a foot to go here with no garden signs of spring. Deer are back out and their coats are changing already. Now if we could sustain some warm normal temps we would have spring. The rabbits used to chew all my weigela too but they grew back great...now the rabbits are kept in check by the fox and hawks so the weigela are growing and no rabbit pellets in the garden.

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  6. Dearest Judith; Sweet robin and I liked the way you brightened up this post by using the beautiful phrase and the picture of the hydrangea♡♡♡
    Thank you very much for hosting and have a wonderful rest of the week♪
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  7. Hello Judith, I have been away and using my iPad and wifi has been slow! I was glad to have missed the last snow! I am happy spring is here and the robins are returning! I hope to be back to normal for the next Mosaic Monday! Enjoy your week!

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  8. Robins are a welcome sign of Spring. We are having a brief shower and it is much needed. A nice way to start the day along with mosaic Monday! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  9. The hydrangea is still beautiful in it's winter parchment. It seems that spring has arrived in your part of the world. Down here summer is on the way out and we have had a few cold nights where we need a rug on our bed - so autumn is here. Have a lovely week.

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  10. Oh Judith what a clever post. I never thought of showing the awakening garden shots - I always think of just the pretty blooms of the season. Looks much like our garden as we have begun rushing the spring by going out and doing just a bit of raking, pruning and digging! Happy Monday~

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  11. Wonderful post of spring joy! Especially love the photos of the robins...so cheeky! Transition time for you...and for the season as well! Thanks for hosting!
    Ruth

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  12. I love the first signs of spring - the anticipation. Your post brings hope.

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  13. Love the robin sighting in your garden, Judith. Lucky you. Of course there are robins that stayed the winter here in the Maritimes and I sure hope they survived. I don't know how the plants and shrubs did but they are well insulated. Perhaps the mice and squirrels did a number on them though. I hope spring continues to 'bloom' there for you. Pam

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  14. Yay for the robins, may you have the last of the snow behind you and only sunshine ahead! Is that a Ghost about to burst forth?!
    Thank you for hosting, have a great week.
    Wren x

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  15. The robin's return is always a time for joy! Thank you for hosting us and may you have a good week.
    Gayle from Behind the Garden Gate

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  16. Thank goodness the robins don't mind the still falling snow! Glad there is fruit for them to nibble on, despite its shriveled shape.

    Thanks for hosting, Judith and Happy Spring!

    Poppy

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  17. Robins are such a wonderful harbinger ... Happy Spring. I love the hydrangea... They are so lovely in every stage. Thank you for hosting. Oh and did you know that there aren't any robins in this part of Florida. So I loved the memory!

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  18. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday 33. Spring is so important, its has been great to get outside and do garden and yard cleanup.
    Joy

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  19. LOVE your spring Robins! But I just don't understand why you don't show up in my blog feed. I have to go to my reading list and click on your name before I can see your post...weird.

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  20. Sorry you lost the goldfish. Great pics of the robins - they are definitely a sign of Spring.
    Thanks for hosting !

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  21. We are enjoying the robins too. Now if only it will get a bit warmer to get rid of the last of the snow. But the gardens are slowly becoming visible and I'm itching to get out there.

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  22. Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. I enjoy seeing everyone's mosaic's each and I'm excited to participate this week.

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  23. Isn't it wonderful to see Spring reviving a garden? My daffodils are beginning to peek their greenery from the ground. I have not seen robins as yet, but I'm sure they will arrive very soon! Happy Mosaic Monday, Judith!

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  24. Lovely photos ! Miggs keeps the bunny's at bay for me so they don't chew my plants and bushes lol ! Oh yes our Robins have been here for a few weeks now and I am loving them as they feast on the crab apple tree we have . I love the crab apple trees when they are in full bloom as they buzz with bees busily collect it's flowers nectar . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

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  25. Hello Judith
    I sense the 'spring' in your step today!
    It is a wonderful feeling, to turn the corner and know that Winter will soon be but a memory.
    How lovely the Robins came heralding Spring's arrival, searching for those little edible delicacies such as your shrivelled crabapples. Your garden is mapped in their flight path with little notes on what food is available!!
    I'm sorry about the Weigela, was it not worth saving even with a hard pruning? We had rabbits in the paddock behind our old home but our two fierce feline hunters deterred them from entering our patch!
    Thank you for hosting and keeping Mosaic Monday going!
    Shane

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  26. Lovely photo;s Judith. Spring is definitely comin soon now. Have a nice week

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  27. Your robins looks healthy! I've heard of several big snows this week --- spring always takes its time it seems. It's cold here again, but at least we have sunshine and green grass!

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  28. The pictures of the Robins are great.
    Thanks for the party.
    Have a lovely week.
    Denise

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  29. Your blog is beautiful. Sorry about the loss of your goldfish. I hope you get some babies in the next few months.

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  30. Yes, the raveges of winter can be tough, Judith. It's hopeful to see the robins arrive. I remeber them from Ohio and Michigan, but don't see them here in Texas.

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  31. With those yummy treats at the ready, perhaps that is why you have robins. I know that it is spring as well because the turkey vultures are back. =\ Here's to warmer days ahead!

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  32. So glad that spring is springing! Fabulous photos of the robins! Thanks for hosting, Judith!

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  33. Judith, so sorry about your Weigela, shame on those bunnies!! Your robin photos are wonderful- I haven't seen one here yet. Of course, we still have 4 feet of snow so they'd have a hard time digging for worms, which are no doubt frozen solid still... Thanks for the shout-out, I do think Mother Nature and Spring have forgotten us ...

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  34. We have had Robins for a few weeks. That and a week of blue skies are how I know that inspite of one snowy day, spring really is here!

    So thankful too!
    Deanna

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  35. Too bad about losin some fish. We brough in our in the small courtyard pond for they surely would have fozen. Hopefully your bush will recove from the rabbits. I am waiting on the roses.Everyone says to be patient, but they seem loose in the soil, so we watered them a bit yesterday. We need rain.

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  36. Still amazes me to read about all the snow up north since we've had daffodils blooming here for weeks now! I'm looking forward to enjoying my spring and then YOUR spring as well!

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  37. Hi Judith, I think your weigela will be fine. I have cut mine way back in the past and they grew back. Hope you have warmer weather very soon. We have had some nice days but today it's hovering around 32 and raining. A good day to stay inside (with a little dog curled up on my lap!)
    Hugs, Beth

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  38. We have bunnies, as well as porcupines and deer chewing bark. It's a long, cold one.
    They like my weigela, too! sigh.
    Hoping for Spring temps!!!!

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