|March sunshine along Section Line Road, Huron County, Michigan|
It feels like Easter is really early this year. And it is. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, so it can fall any time from March 22 to April 25. Easter, on the liturgical calendar, is considered a moveable feast.
Here in Huron County, at 43.84 degrees north latitude, the sun's rays are finally warming the ground and melting the snow and ice. It will be a few days, maybe even a week, before the farmers pull their equipment on to the land and start spring work, though.
Yesterday, the Saturday before Easter, it was warm enough to do a little gardening. Ed and I cleaned out clumps of hosta, iris, and daylilies. Ed hauled two garden carts full of shredded stems and leaves to the big compost pile. The daffodil clumps are emerging. Tulips are showing their curly leaves.
Even though the ground is cold and even though Easter is early, things are starting to grow.
Wanda Hayes Eichler