Blooming in March

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first snowdrop of 2007I took this photo yesterday, a day ahead of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. I knew that rain was predicted for Wednesday afternoon and throughout today, but late yesterday morning it was merely overcast and quite mild, and I thought, “Go looking for flowers now, or forget about it.”

So I went galomphing about in the nearly slushy snow, and took photos of snowdrops in various stages of bud. These were the closest to blooming.

Then, as predicted, it started to rain on all that snow. Fog began to rise from the snow pack and became quite dense. It was almost surreal, the way it rose from the snow and started moving with the air currents:
Equipment shed seen through apple branches - Photo by Cadie 14 Mar 2007
The fog continued to rise and became especially thick over the brook, until the whole valley filled up with fog:
Brook valley filling with fog - Photo by Cadie 14 Mar 2007

That was yesterday. It was supposed to rain all day today. I got up this morning, saw the snow was basically gone from the lawn, and thought, “Shoot! I should have taken a before picture. No one is going to believe how fast the snow melted.” Then, as I watched, snow began to mix with the rain, and in another hour, it was all snow, and soon after, the lawn was covered with snow again. Later on, it turned back to rain.

Tomorrow, another storm is coming. They are expecting 6 to 10 inches of snow to accumulate by the time the storm is done on Saturday. Clearly spring is not around this corner.

About the Author

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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tea March 19, 2007, 5:14 am

Sure hope our snow dissapears soon! No sign of anything springing up yet.

tea
xo

bill March 16, 2007, 9:02 am

We had heavy fog here in north Texas yesterday too. Maybe it’s not such a different world after all.

Annie in Austin March 16, 2007, 8:27 am

At least you got some great photos, Kathy – the first fog picture had me looking in the corners for a London villain.

I still remember shoveling over a foot of snow in mid-April one year, during spring break for the schools in our IL town. It happens, but it doesn’t seem right, does it?

We’ll be waiting to see those snowdrops again!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Gilly Hill March 16, 2007, 8:10 am

Over in the UK in Nottinghamshire (about the middle of England) we have some quite good weather although we, too, are forecast some snow for Monday, though I guess only a sprinkling. At the moment we have the shrub Coronilla glauca citrina in full bloom and the scent is absolutely wonderful…so sweet and on a still day carries over a large area. It seems to need a sunny south facing site, but apart from that is easy as winking to grow. It is about 4 feet high and wide. Would make a good conservatory plant in cold areas. Try it! Its lovely.

Carol March 16, 2007, 5:34 am

I don’t know what I would do right now if it started to snow again. I’ve heard rumors that we might have snow showers this weekend, but it would be unusual for us to have any accumulation at this point. But weather always seems to be unusual these days, so who knows! Thanks for posting on bloom daywith your snow drops and fog. Next month, right?!