Spring is in the air...almost

Maizy soaking up some sun

Maizy soaking up some sun

Here in northern Michigan we are more than ready for spring by the middle of March (I'm talking temperatures in the 40s, we're not greedy), but rarely does it happen. Instead, we see temps in the 50s for a week, the snow melts and we happily pull out the rakes and blow the dust off the lawn furniture. All the while we're looking over our shoulders knowing that a cold front, even a little snow is inevitably on its way.  It's been lovely here lately and the snow is almost gone but today winter is back.  It's cold, gray and rainy and the only one having fun outside is my Bernese Mountain dog who played in the icy swamp water and chased blowing leaves. I'm going to fire up the woodstove and pull out the seed catalogs and narrow down my list. If we had more sunlight I would grow more flowers to dry and use in my arrangements and wreaths. It's so satisfying to see bunches of flowers hanging off the drying racks late summer.  I do grow lavender, yarrow, lambs ears and other perennial herbs and if I move the lettuce I'll have room for just a few more kinds of everlasting annuals - what will it be this year?