12:46:52 PM

photo: creeping thyme flowers

A light frost again this morning, a thin layer of ice on the
birdbaths, but the sky is clear and the sun is warm. By lunchtime
a few small clouds appear. When they block the sun it’s cold –
the frogs in our pond go silent, and I look up to see the cloud.

I’ve decided to wait until next week to start my perennial plantings
in earnest to avoid these last few days of frosty mornings.

Frost quenched the apricot blossoms, but the crabapples are starting
up. Tiny violets bloom in the lawn, the first of the creeping phlox,
and even one of the creeping thymes I planted last fall has flowers,
tiny and white (though I thought it was going to be pink).