– 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.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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