Here is the first flower of 2003, which opened in my garden today. It’s a crocus, not a snowdrop, which was a surprise to me. But it’s a crocus that I think got unearthed when I was planting peonies and probably wasn’t as deep as it should have been. Now you’re going to ask me what variety it is. Well, it’s definitely not a Dutch crocus, but the smaller, earlier kind–some catalogs call them snow crocus. And I think it’s Princes Beatrix, but I couldn’t swear to it.
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.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons