The first blossom of 2004

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Double snowdrops win the prize this year Well, the first blossom was a snowdrop, but it wasn’t any of the snowdrops I’ve been checking on regularly. It was a clump of double snowdrops given to me by my garden buddy Bub, which I had planted near my Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ (now deceased) and had forgotten about. This bed is located in the southwesternmost corner of our property, and I can’t say I had ever thought of it as particularly precocious, horticulturally speaking. Maybe that’s why the pagoda dogwood died: got awakened early from dormancy and then zapped by a killer freeze. I am still debating whether to spend another thirty-five bucks to replace it.
These snowdrops are growing through a groundcover of ajuga. Sorry about the photo being so dark. Daylight was fading when I discovered my prize.

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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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Chan S. March 12, 2004, 9:36 pm

Hurrah! What a cheery sight. We’re still waiting around these parts…