Although there is still snow in the yard, there are some hopeful signs that spring will eventually get here. The ladybugs are waking up from their long winter sleep (diapause). The one I found looked pretty groggy. And when I pulled back some snow and leaves, I found the sweet woodruff already growing. Hooray! This plant is a real trooper so far, even though I often see it rated only to zone 5. A good snow cover and a little mulch seems to do the trick, and it's nice to see some green in the garden so early.
With the beautiful weather we've been having, I couldn't resist starting to plant the garden. I know a late cold snap could come and decimate my seedlings, but I guess the same part of me that always thinks I'll win a contest believes that they'll grow. I planted sugar snap peas, spinach, lettuce, corn salad, beets and green onions. I carefully planted two short rows of each, and my two-year old threw handfuls of seeds in between. I then covered everything up, and immediately forgot where I planted everything. Now we sit back and wait!