Does this look like spring to you?

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Tax day snow - photo by Talitha Purdy - April 16, 2007This was the view out my kitchen door yesterday morning. We had rain which changed to snow as the day progressed. Because everything was wet, the heavy snow stuck to everything. When the wind picked up, the snow didn’t blow off the branches but added weight to the force of the wind. Consequently branches were falling everywhere.

We were without power for twelve hours. The “nice” thing about a snowstorm at this time of the year is you know it won’t stay around. Although the roads were snow covered in the morning, by mid-afternoon they were merely wet. There is still plenty of snow on the ground but it has already dropped from the foot or so that fell. Friday is the first day where snow is not in the forecast, however. This time last year I was already grubbing out dock roots and planting shrubs. May is going to be a mad, mad rush.

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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.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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Kathy Purdy April 21, 2007, 8:20 pm

Hi, Marc–thanks for stopping by. Most of the snow is gone by now.

Marc @ GardenDesk April 20, 2007, 10:24 pm

Wow thats a lot of snow. And to think I was whining that we got a half inch at the beginning of April. I am in Kentucky and we were part of the area you mentioned where Spring sprung and then promptly left. I had quite a bit of freeze damage that I complained about on my blog. I feel bad now. I wouldn’t want to trade weather with you.

I’m new to your blog and I really like it. I’ll be back to see your garden successes when you finally do get Spring!

Kim April 18, 2007, 4:34 pm

Ah… bent chicken fence is no fun, but at least it’s fixable. I will keep my fingers crossed that the green stuff that doesn’t bend so well was spared!

Craig Levy April 18, 2007, 3:46 pm

You only got a foot? I’m just kidding because this snow event was so widespread, even my Zone 5 sissies neighbors were inundated with it. My travel plans had to change on Monday morning as the town plows were out of commission until mid-morning. Such an ugly mess to deal with and it’s still here. Such heavy snow as it shifted from sleet to snow to sleet to … well anyway. I’m glad native-born residents found it unusual too.

Because I haven’t been here too long, this now becomes part of my foundation for what April can be. I just missed being here during the 3 inches of snow that fell on May 17, 2002 but I’ve heard many of the stories.

But the weekend looks to be a beauty.

Kathy Purdy April 18, 2007, 10:15 am

Kim–I am still waiting for the snow to clear away so I can assess the damage. So far, the only thing that seemed to be affected was our chicken fence. The weight of the snow on the chicken wire pulled it right off the fence posts in many cases.

Ki–I also hope it doesn’t go straight from winter to summer. It’s just what you would expect from such crazy weather.

Ki April 18, 2007, 9:31 am

We got a little bit of ice but not anywhere near the amount of snow you got. At least we’re supposed to finally get some warm weather this weekend! I just hope it doesn’t go from winter to summer, bypassing spring completely. The poor plants and birds are discombobulated.

Kim April 18, 2007, 8:46 am

Yikes… nope, doesn’t look like spring at all! Did the heavy snow damage anything for you–downed branches, bulb foliage not bouncing back, etc.?

Oldroses April 17, 2007, 9:23 pm

Reminds me of my childhood growing up in the Albany area. Snow in May was not unheard of. Is your soil still frozen or have you had enough warm temps to thaw it out?

Annie in Austin April 17, 2007, 8:16 pm

Nope – sure looks like hatepril to me.
Sorry, Kath.

Carol April 17, 2007, 8:14 pm

Nope, doesn’t look like spring to me, either. We’ve suddenly started spring again today in my neck of the woods. We had a beautiful, warm, sunny, gorgeous day, which I spent primarily indoors. Blah!!

Pam/Digging April 17, 2007, 3:26 pm

It looks like deepest winter to me. Good thing you spelled out the differences in snow duration for me. Hang in there!