I have had a question posed to me in regards to attempting to explain what spring is like here in the western Province of Alberta by a dear friend and successful writer Christy in the next Province to the West.
Before I answer I would love to have you slip over and read what this talented writer has on her blog at http:/poeticparfiat.com as well take a peek at the reviews on her latest book of poetry Versions of Self on her site and as well as on Amazon.com it truly is inspirational.
So back to the weather which seems to be the topic these days in these parts anyway. It is great to see people out walking and enjoying the warmth and the sun. Anyone who lives in this area has two standing rules. “Never put the snow shovel away till after the end of June.” The other is unrelated but important you know should you ever visit. “Alway keep your vehicle locked during Zucchini season. Trust me or you will be well supplied Summer Santa.”
We have fairly long winters here, they start in early October and generally speaking as we are now pretty much snow free with the exception of shaded areas. The ground has just now started to thaw and I do have some hearty perennials starting to peek out. I have two apple trees in my yard along with several flowering shrubs, they as well are beginning to show sign of buds waking up. The grass is still all brown of course even though I have a healthy lawn come summer.
It Will Be Green Soon
Unlike the British Columbia Coast and Vancouver Island we will be a long way off to having flowers and flowering plum trees starting their stunning display.
I will probably do all my spring yard work in a few days. Core Aeration, de-thatching and waking the grass up with a light application of fertilizer. Mother nature is my irrigation system and we will be getting some of those long showers with bursts of heat.
Of course many of the song birds are back, I can hear them all over the back yard and while out hiking. A huge flock of Trumpeter Swans make a low pass over my house yesterday. They are a treat to watch so graceful and certainly talking up a conversation as they passed.
All in all spring we think has arrived and yes we will likely have a few of those ugly freak storms that come through. Snow tires will remain on for a while yet in case.
If I were asked to pick a season as being the favourite I would have to say spring. After many months of short days and little sun at times it is nice to watch the earth slowly awaken from its winter rest. Like always in the farming community in and around here we look forward to seeing fields covered in crops. We appreciate all the farming community does as they work long hard hours to feed us. Give the boys and gals a wave as you pass to show your appreciation.
If you are ever through be sure and stop in and say hello. Pick the right day and I may have a little work for you. Plans are this year to plant 6-8 Siberian Larch in the back yard. Just in case you forget your shovel I have several.
Coffee is always on and yes Christy I think I can rustle up a few Mars Bars.
Hugs to all …
ç Rolly A. Chabot