A couple of days ago, Mr. McGregor’s Daughter was speculating that my snowdrops might be blooming under the snow. I was pretty sure they weren’t, but I took advantage of Monday’s thaw to confirm my suspicions (photo above). There were quite a few more patches of snowdrops visible now, but none are near blooming yet. (For some spectacular snowdrop photos, visit Shirl’s blog.)
But Mr. McGregor’s Daughter wasn’t out of line to suggest that I check. Most gardeners with twelve months worth of gardening under their belts have discovered that weeds, at the very least, grow under the snow. (That is, if they garden in a place where it snows.) Northern gardeners tend to take this phenomenon for granted, but if you felt how rock-hard frozen the ground was under my feet as I walked around on Monday, you might also feel some amazement for the plants that manage to grow in such circumstances, even if they are weeds–but not all of them are.
For example, here’s what my peony bed looked like Monday. Doesn’t look very promising–especially those weeds at the bottom of the photo. But there are encouraging signs of life, for those who know where to look, and how to look. (If you lean over and look across the bed, your vision running parallel to the ground, you can see plants in profile that you might not see looking straight down.) Hover your cursor over each photo for a brief description, and click on the thumbnails below to see what I saw.
Of course, not everything busy under the snow is benevolent. When you click on that last thumbnail, you should see a vole tunnel-path going diagonally from upper-right to lower-left, with an additional hole in the lower right quadrant. Voles don’t like snowdrops, but I guess I won’t have as many crocus blooming as I did last year.
Roller coaster weather, Don calls it. It’s been worse, overall, by him this winter than by me, but it still puts me on an emotional roller coaster. Keep those flower photos coming!