The first robin of the year

My neighbor Curt Detrick was looking out from his porch in Gilbert on Wednesday and spotted somethinig unusual for January: two robins. He called his wife Shirley who confirmed, but they couldn’t get a photo. Then they called me. I was in Stroudsburg so I couldn’t do anything but I was definitely intrigued.


We had thick frost on the windshield Friday and as I write this I see Junco birds on my deck. Juncos are “snow birds” and they are only here in winter. That’s why they’re called snow birds. Sometimes their paths cross with robins before they head north but I’m wondering if we’ll have an early spring.


The groundhog has not yet spoken. This year he’ll send you a text.


We also have our own Pocono groundhog. Yes, we do.

All the reporters and photographers fight for the chance to get out of bed early and head to the West End on a cold February morning.

And I sure haven’t seen any dead skunks so a robin-sighting is completely out of character.


Seattle dahlia

Seattle dahlia

What I have seen is seed and flower catalogs. Just got a special offer from Breck’s yesterday for dahlias for a Kaleidoscope dinner plate collection.  They have the yellow one we saw when we were in North Carolina in the fall. It’s called a Seattle dahlia.


Dutch Gardens also has spring collections at “reasonable” prices.


They’re all beautiful and you can likely fit some into your budget — if you wait.

Oh, start looking now. But keep your credit card safely tucked away. Do not order yet. On each site you like, you should sign up for e-mails about products and discounts. Last year I received offers for free shipping (which can cost 10 bucks or more) or $25 off a $50 order.  They rarely sell our of the products you want, so it pays to hold off. You can’t plant them until May anyway.

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