Six on Saturday 3-3-18, Spring Snowfall Puts a Damper on Spirits

white snowdrop flowers push up through fallen oak leaves

SNOW

BY LOUIS MACNEICE

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.
World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.
And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes –
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one’s hands –
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

Yes, we’ve had another spring snowfall.  This one was several inches and the snow is heavy, causing tree branches to bend to the ground.

I believe that our friends ‘cross the pond have experienced a similar dampening spring snowfall.

Dampening in terms of spirits, at least!

The Tail End of February Fools Us

Just when we thought is was safe to go into the garden, torrential rain changes to snow and blankets those fresh new shoots, crocus flowers, and snowdrops.

We often see snow in April, and rarely in May.  Yet, we wake up shocked and dismayed that it has happened again.

By divine providence, I took photos before the snow, just because I happened to be outside on a warm sunny afternoon this week.  Nice to enjoy the first flowers before the crushing snow, Oh, and the flu, too!

So, I proudly present to you the “before” snow pictures around the yard.

For more photos from gardeners around the world, visit The Propagator.

purple crocus buds are covered with water droplets and are just beginning to unfurl.
The crocus just begin to emerge near the stone edge of the flower border.
white snowdrop flowers push up through fallen oak leaves
The snowdrops make their second appearance, after surviving an earlier snowfall.

A Buddha and a Heart Make Spring Snowfall Easier to Bear

The best things about February are Valentine’s Day and my birthday. My family treats me generously, I must say.  While shopping, I stumbled upon this funny Buddha garden figurine, and couldn’t resist.  Let’s call him Birthday Buddha. He and I have a lot in common.

concrete garden Buddha with hands folded in prayer
A serene smile, round face, and belly!

It’s not just the weeds that get going in these early days, the herbs are pushing the limits, too.  Chives are a favorite garnish, as their garlic flavor is subtle but distinguished. Fresh chives on new spring potatoes tastes so fresh.  (Yes, I have a lot of clean up to do.)

chive shoots pushing up through dead foliage and fallen leaves
Chives emerge in early spring, pushing up through last year’s debris.

Seeds to Sow

The light apparatus is ready, the heating coil assembled, and all awaits the actual seeding.   I love planning and imagining the plants that I will grow.

It never quite turns out as I had envisioned. That’s why we keep garden journals!

seed packets of tomatoes, cucumber, and lettuce
New hope in a package.
Seed packets are stored in gladd jars with tight lids.
I keep my seeds in sealed jars. I’ve had field mice chew through packages left out.

Enjoy your weekend, and be sure to get some R & R!

♥  -Jo

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14 comments

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  1. “The drunkenness of things being various.” Wonderful. Thanks for posting.

    1. I like that the snow is melting today, from ice to puddle!!

      1. There’s something exciting about a thaw. Drip, drip, drip; but not like the drip of rain.

  2. You’ve got some lovely leaves in your garden. Beautifully contrasting the crocus & chives. When I lived in the mountains, the snow came in Dec & you knew you were stuck w/it until spring. Something cruel about spring starting & getting a whack of snow. Once accepted though, it starts a different rhythm – more of, sit back & think about this for a moment.

    1. You are so right. This morning it was 16 degrees F but this afternoon the sun is shining and it’s 40. Headed out for a walk and some vitamin D!

  3. I love your poetry and photographs. Something about your writing always calms and centers me. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, sister!

  4. I’m so glad I’m not the only one getting the itch to get to the flowers and garden. My crocuses are…were…blooming as well.

    1. As the snow melted today, those little crocuses peeked out – they’re still alive! Hoping yours are, too.

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