Spring is upon us. A new season awaits and with it comes new life, new gardening chores to complete and a pink moon to admire.
March is nest-building time in the world of birds. You have probably seen them scurrying about collecting straw, grass, twigs, and anything else they can find which would be suitable for nest building. Bird’s nests are genuinely an architectural work of art. Look at one closely (preferably an empty one) and notice how intricately they are constructed. The house finches, eastern phoebes, American robins, Carolina wrens, and barn swallows are all protected species that delight in building their nests on porches and decks. They should be left alone and given as much space as possible as they are beneficial birds.
Moving from the porch to a nearby swampy area, for those of us who live East of the Mississippi, the sound of hundreds of chirping frogs commonly known as the spring peeper are singing away! A sure sound that spring has sprung. Why are they singing? It is a mating ritual in which the male peepers call out to the females. Take some time on a warm spring evening and sit outside and listen to their song. These 1.5” long frogs can create quite a chorus in large numbers! Listen here.
As we move into April, keep your eyes on the skies to catch a glimpse of the Pink Moon on Saturday, April 16th. It is called the Pink Moon because it corresponds with the early spring-time blooms of creeping phlox, also known as moss pink. Look for a spot with an open view of the horizon and watch as the moon rises. It will be significant and glorious!
In-between listening for the peepers and the anticipation of the Pink Moon, schedule in some gardening chores. Get the snowblower serviced and put away for the season while getting the lawnmower serviced and ready for the new season! Begin preparing to clean up the gardens by raking up debris and removing any broken branches on plants. All plants will need fertilizing, and the landscape will appreciate a fresh layer of shredded bark mulch. Choose your mulch wisely … watch here for some great tips!
Another sign of Spring is The Daffodil and Tulip Festival at Naumkeag, in the heart of Stockbridge running from April 21 - May 15. Stroll through the eight acres of their world-renowned gardens decorated with over 75,000 daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs as they celebrate spring in the Berkshires.
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