– Posted in: Plant info, Snowdrops, Weather

It started last night, and the weather service is predicting 12 to 20 inches of accumulation. My cousin in Maryland got 26 inches. This has been the kind of winter to severely aggravate cabin fever. Snow so deep the kids can’t play outside, and temps so cold they would be back inside so soon it wouldn’t be worth the aggravation of getting on all those snowsuits, boots, and mittens. I should get snowshoes like Judy, except this kind of winter is the exception, not the rule, and when we have a winter with less snow or, at least, more thaws, snowshoes seem like an expensive plaything.

Last year at this time, my snowdrops were already up and were blooming by the 25th. Of course, that was the earliest they had ever bloomed, one of the mildest and snowless winters in memory. Usually they bloom the second or third week in March, after weeks (it seems) of being on the verge of blooming.

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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