Where were you on March 20th at 4:02 am when we passed the vernal equinox and entered into spring? Probably in bed, I suppose... You may recall that seasons are governed by shifting sunlight due to the tilt of earth's axis and how it orbits the sun. During the spring and summer the sun travels higher in the sky yielding more light and warmer temperatures. From now on we'll enjoy longer days. Curiously it's the light and not the warmth, that sets plants in motion. Ah sweet spring! The season that signals the rebirth of flora and fauna.
Spring is also the season when earthworms crawl from deep within the ground, ladybugs and bees appear, green buds emerge, visiting birds chirp, and our daffodils and cymbidiums begin blooming. Spring is the time for a natural renewal across the northern hemisphere -- and in our modest backyard.
It won't be much longer before the transition is complete. Tomatoes will be joined in the garden by a variety of edible crops including beans, squash, zucchini, basil, parsley, peppers, eggplant, artichoke, cucumbers, onions, pumpkins and corn -- to name a few on our garden check list. I'm really looking forward to those fresh dinner salads and tasty veggie omelets in the morning.
Of course, our cat Ella does her part by patrolling the yard, chasing birds and butterflies, and tending the catnip by trimming its leaves so they won't overgrow onto the garden path. In the meantime, she and the birds have an entertaining relationship as the birds forage for seeds and bugs among the newly planted crop.