Here in Boothbay, spring is definitely in the air! Snow is still on the ground, and what ground is visible is muddy, but the days are oh so much longer and the air is warmer. Everybody seems to be in an upbeat mood in town. You can just sense that spring is going to be here soon. The buds are swollen on the trees and more and more cars roll into town on the weekends with license plates “from away.” On top of this, our Boothbay Region High School boy’s basketball team is playing for the Maine state championship tomorrow night. Go Seahawks!

Here in the horticulture department, we just received our first truckloads of mulch and are ready to hit the ground running. We also thought it would be a good reminder that below the snow lie all of our quiescent spring bulbs, just waiting to wake up with a colorful shout. We do not know exactly when, but soon there will be about 15,000 annual and perennial bulbs in full flower for your enjoyment. Here is a peek at a spring of the past to get you ready. – Rodney