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A certain person is amused by my measuring the receding snow level above the snowdrops in the Secret Garden. He doesn’t seem to realize this is strictly professional curiosity. This is, after all, a weblog about cold climate gardening, and my tromping in the snow, yardstick in hand, is solely in the interest of journalistic accuracy. So this has nothing to do with my bean-counter propensities. And nothing to do with cabin fever. Just so that’s clear.

Now, on to the report. The snow over the snowdrops in the Secret Garden is down to 4 3/4 inches and the snow over the driveway peony bed (home of Rozella and friends) has receded, revealing many crocus sprouts. The tension mounts: will the first bloom be a crocus or a snowdrop? Stay tuned . . .

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.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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