The calendar says it’s spring, but you’re still looking out on a vast expanse of snow:
Not so, dear gardener. Not so.
The earliest spring bloomers have adapted to this time of year. They are not waiting for that lingering snow to melt before they start growing. Even now, the sharp points of their leaves are piercing the soil’s surface and are reaching for the light.They want to be ready when the earliest pollinators come out of hibernation and start foraging for pollen. That vast expanse of snow is deceiving. On the other side of the tree on the right, crocuses were getting ready for the big thaw: Three days later (and one of those days was 60°F [16°C], I admit) the first of them are blooming. The winter aconites were no slouches, either. Yes, the snow is taking a long time to melt, but that does not mean that spring is on hold until the snow is gone. Spring is merely undercover, stealthily infiltrating your garden while Winter’s back is turned. When it comes, the takeover will be quick.
Unfortunately, it’s not only the earliest flowering bulbs that know this trick. Many weeds grow under the snow as well.And they can be hard to pull when the soil they’re growing in is still frozen! But we hardy souls take the good with the bad. The first weeding session of the year is wonderful, even if you have to wear waterproof pants to protect yourself from the soggy ground and gloves to keep the chill out of your fingers.