Friday, February 29, 2008

"Leaping" into Spring! .... Een sprong in de lente!


"Daffy Spring" - copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge paper
Here we are last day of an extended February... Good! Just time to squeeze this post in. Spring seems to be early again this year in Holland."Mom's" precious tulip pots are begining to show life way too early and the grass has been green all throughout the winter...uh-oh, global warming!
Here are some photos of what's happening in our garden this last day of leap year February.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Croucusses, tulips and grape hyacinths

Yep, that little red guy is one of our heirloom tulip bulbs ( Duc van Tol ) peeking "his" head out far too soon among the various crocus and grape hyacinths. I guess because the winter was so mild, the Duc just couldn't wait to make a showing.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Early Duc van Tol tulip

We blogged about "mom's"special tulip pots last year: Tulips and The Wall
Looks like it will be another good year for the 3 pots, albeit a bit earlier than last! My brother Finn isn't around anymore to protect these guys this year and I'm too busy making "hunting" plans, as you all well know... heh heh. Good Luck Tulips!

There's lots more coming up right now throughout our small garden, with a few surprises and a new variety of tulip that we'll show you when they're up and blooming. Here are some lovely purple crocus that are just popping up everywhere along with the tiny yellow daffodils that "mom" used in the colored pencil drawing at the top of this post.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Purple crocus

I wonder how the famous Keukenhof deals with the issue of early blooms in their tulip gardens...hmmm. If you plan on visiting the Keukenhof this year, I'd say you better do it soon - it opens this year on March 20th - by then, I bet a lot will be in bloom already. They stay open until May 18th, but I'd say not much will be in the open gardens by then...better get your skates on and make it over here to the Netherlands if you want to see some real Dutch beauty.

Update on "Mom's" lame leg:
After having every scan and x-ray possible, inlcuding an MRI.... they can't say for certain what she did to her knee during her fall down the stairs. It might be a slight fissure at the end of the femur that is causing all the pain and swelling ( still)..but they're not certian. Moving, sitting and lying down are all difficult .. .this post took 2 days just to put together since she can't sit down for very long. She's now in a positively medieval looking leg brace from hip to ankle... she's my "Robo Mom" now!
See ya! (tot kijk!)


Mineke Reinders said...

Oh Judy, I'm so sorry to hear you are still suffering the effects of that fall. Must be miserable.

I guess I'll have to make a quick trip to Holland to enjoy your early spring - it's supposed to snow again here tomorrow.. Lovely pictures, and your drawing is beautiful as always.

Beterschap, Judy, hope you're on the mend.
Sacha, you take good care of "Mom" :)

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Mineke.
The weather is pretty nice here...wish I could walk better!
I hope to have an answer tomorrow, when I finally get to see the Orthopedic surgeon...mischien een kijkoperatie is in de toekomst... ugh!

Sacha is outside...LOL

meisie said...

Beautiful pictures glad to see the 'Duc'! but very sorry to hear baout your leg...can you even make it up to your studio area? Take care of yourself ok?

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Meisie!
I can make it up to the zolder, but it takes me 3 times as long as usual... one step at a time...slowly and with a crutch. This is sooooo not fun. :-(

Oh and as luck would have it, it sleeted and snowed this afternoon...unreal. I did manage to put bags over my baby tulips! (I know, I'm crazy).


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