In contrast to what gardeners in many other parts of the country have endured, where Spring arrived in full force, only to be slapped down by Winter’s last stand, Spring has not really made its grand entrance. It’s only been peeking through the window, wondering if it really wants to come in.
The snowdrops are dangling the last of their bells. The crocus bank would look pretty good–if only their blossoms would open, which they won’t do without sunshine. The daffodils have been on the verge of blooming for a week, likewise just waiting for a bit of sunshine:
But are we going to get sunshine? No-o-o. Not for the forseeable future. As a matter of fact, thought it’s raining now, we’re supposed to get snow:
Snowfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches will be possible
overnight… especially in the higher terrain . Total snowfall
accumulations could well exceed a foot by Monday evening… with 12
to 18 inches possible in the highest terrain along the Interstate
In addition to the snow… strong north winds of 15 to 25 mph with
gusts to near 40 mph will cause blowing snow and whiteout
conditions. The strong winds combined with heavy and wet snow will
likely result in downed trees and power lines and power outages
throughout the area.
All I can say is, I hope they’re wrong. But if the choice is between snow or ice, yes, I will take snow. If we do get snow to the depth they are predicting, it will be the heaviest snowfall I can remember this late into April. I mean, hate-pril.
Cornelian cherry, forsythia, Siberian squills, glory-of-the-snow: all are waiting for the sunshine which will be delayed for yet another week. The only flower newly blooming for April is this plum-colored hellebore, which Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Perennials included in my 2003 order because she felt something else in my order was undersized. The something else has since died, but this hellebore just gets better and better.
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