Sunday Thoughts ~ About March

“March ~ unfurling petals, the breathless warmth of the shy sun, soft chirps, lightness on your feet spreading into your soul, the sweet scent of blooming, clear droplets, lush of green, the wonder as the world unwraps itself anew.” ~ unknown

Good Sunday morning, sweet friends.  We have beautiful blue skies this morning and I hope you do as well. 

In years past, the month of March has not been a favorite of mine.  If you have never lived in the south, especially along the coast, you most likely will not understand the term, ‘horizontal rain.’ It is rain that comes heavy, in horizontal sheets,  and will soak you to the bone in a matter of seconds.  The Virginia coast has an abundance of such days during March.  So, I came to the conclusion the only good thing about March was our many family birthdays and daffodils.  However, for the most part, the mountains keep such unpleasant things away from us.  Which, makes me happy to once again say, “March is a welcome sight.”  This year, she arrived with blue skies and a symphony of bird songs.  Clearly placing her in my good graces.

“Snowdrops:  Theirs is a fragile but hardy celebration. . .in the very teeth of winter.” ~ Louise Wilder

The first of many blooms which come to remind us of the magnificent beauty about to unfold are snowdrops. . . and ours are blooming!  I checked them a few weeks ago before the snow.  They were up about three inches.  Then, they were under considerable snow and endured several bitterly cold days and nights.  And, today they are blooming.  Wow, isn’t nature grand?  It seems as though I have more appreciation than usual for the smallest of things about to appear on this earth.  I believe COVID has been a stern teacher of appreciation for the gift of life, nature,  beauty, and celebrating these things.  Certainly, snowdrops are a celebration.  A few of them in a tiny vase are a delightful welcome on a cold spring morning.  I enjoy keeping them on the kitchen window sill.

“March brings breezes loud and shrill, Stirs the dancing daffodil…” ~ Sara Coleridge

March brings us the brilliant and dazzling daffodils. Would spring even seem like spring without them?  They are certainly a marvelous feast for our eyes after a long winter.  We are promised blue skies, sunshine, and warm temperatures this week, so many of our daffodils should open.  Namely, the King Alfred daffodils (photo above) which are mostly on the east side of our home.  Many other varieties are just peeking through the soil.  A few years ago I wrote a lengthy post about daffodils and at the end of the post, I listed several reliable sources from which to order unique and beautiful bulbs.  Should you be interested, visit here.

 

“March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.”  ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

March truly is a wondrous month.  There are precious and fascinating things happening. Lambing season begins in late January, and by April most new lambs are on the ground.  Lambs are so sweet and playful.  As they grow and leap in the air, we are reminded of how very dear life is.  If you know of a farm close to you that has sheep, take a country drive, park your car and prepare to be entertained.  Lambs can put on quite the show.

Sitting in the sunshine, it is also a joy to watch the little birds as they carry straw to build their nests.  They seem so happy and we never hear them complain about their work.  It is amazing to actually examine a bird’s nest and see how tightly it is woven, by such gifted master builders.

There is so much to see while enjoying a wee rest in nature. For instance, to see a courting pair of cardinals with the male feeding the female.  This is part of their courtship ritual and he appears to be kissing her.

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Elizabeth Lawrence told us, “We must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”  I also believe she would have wanted us to take time to sit and watch the buds burst forth into their exquisite beauty.  I am comfortable in saying this as she was an internationally known garden writer and according to House and Garden is among the top twenty-five gardeners of all time.  She obviously had a great appreciation for the wonders of this world.

Dear friends, thank you so much for your visit and I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts ‘About March.”  

Know I wish you and yours a splendid day.

And . . .

“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.” ~ Irish Blessing

 

 

“March is the month of expectation, the things we do not know. . .” ~ Emily Dickinson

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

 

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Penny Carlson
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Beautiful Sunday post Sandra. I always looked forward to March while live in NC. Winter would just drag by. But now that I am here in southwest Florida, it seems the winter flew by! Have a lovely weeke ahead.

Pam Richardson
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Good morning Sandra, this is such a lovely post to greet a beautiful Sunday. Spring is really coming to life in our Appalachian Foothills. Japanese quince is in full bloom along with the daffodils happily dancing in the wind! I always look forward to your images and sentiments each Sunday. Thank you for sharing your gifts. Wishing you and Michael a lovely week!

Rita C at Panoply
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I am absolutely thrilled with discovering each and every little sign of spring, my favorite season, and your photos capture all that. This past week I saw my first blooming daffodils in the neighborhood, along with full blooming hellebores. The trees have faint red and green tints to them with leaf activity, and the buds are visible on the Bradford pear, forsythia and lilacs. All this after a very ferocious start in our region with local flooding on Monday. It was scary, esp for one family member who saw waters rise in his yard! Thankfully, he was spared water in… Read more »
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
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Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Happy Sunday, Sandra! Your photographs, words , and sentiments are beautiful. Those snowdrops are so pretty. My daffodils are starting to peek up through the ground. I transplanted them last year from my grandparent’s home, and I was so scared with our terrible winter weather that I had lost them. My mom remembers planting them when she was a little girl in the late 50s with my grandfather. They were actually transplanted from her Aunt’s garden. It is amazing to think how long they have been around! I hope you have a most blessed week ahead! Take care, sweet friend!

Dewena
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Oh my, your earlier post on daffodil info is marvelous! Thank you for having put all that work into compiling it. I saw so many kinds and even particular names that we had at our previous home of 26 years. I had a darling clump of the Pheasant’s Eye and had gotten into the split cup ones the last few years there. Two falls ago here we planted hundreds but bought them from John Schepler (spelling?) and I was very disappointed that they weren’t nearly as nice as all the ones I bought from White Flower Farm at our other… Read more »
jeanie
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We call it “raining sideways” (a cousin to “snowing sideways,” which is worse!). But oh! The images you share here – -my favorite creatures! Cardinals, bunnies, lambs, and of course the flowers. I really do need to plant snowdrops next year if I can find them. What a joyful sign. It’s still brisk here — but it is on the way and I’m so relieved!

Bobbi Duncan
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Beautiful post, Sandra, and so uplifting to know that many lovely things will be blooming over the next few months. This winter seems to have flown by– surprises me since we’ve been so house-bound and pretty much bored out of our minds from it. Thank you for the marvelous post on daffodils–see a few varieties I’ll be planting this fall. There are several hillsides near our home, plus many local gardens, that are covered in daffodils each spring, and what a treat they are! We also have a couple farms w/ precious little lambs that are a delight to watch.… Read more »
Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life
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A lovely glimpse of spring here on your blog, Sandra. Although we have warmer weather and the snow is melting, for which we’re most grateful, as yet everything is brown and looking quite weather worn. Yesterday, Rick had the urge to go into the still sleeping garden and trim back a few snow-trodden leaves and old branches from perennials. The secateurs were probably happy too (wink). The non-migrating birds are certainly in full spring mode around here, the Canada Geese have been spotted and heard — a welcome sight and sound overhead. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead,… Read more »
Louise Stronach
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You have written about all my favourite things about Springtime, and all so beautifully presented. I love see and reading about these changes that form a pattern that is comfortingly familiar and dear to my heart. It is so nice to be sharing happiness, thank you Sandra.

Lorrie
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A beautiful post extolling the delights of March. It’s a month that often can’t seem to make up its mind here – is it spring or still winter? The daffodils are beginning to bloom in my garden – the little tete-a-tete variety (excuse the lack of accents). They are such a bright spot in the garden and I am glad I can see them when I’m working in the kitchen.

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