Monday, February 16, 2009

The good snow

The very first blooms in early spring seem so tender yet unbelievably strong as they often bloom through some snow and frosty days. Mid February now and as this winter has been extremely cold (and long it seems) there's no signs in my garden of even the very tip of the first Galanthus elwesii - the snowdrops that I love. I am afraid that I'll have to wait a LONG time still!
I have a point to make about the other snow that I really don't love - though it has to be my garden friend.
The daffodil - Narcissus Martinette - decided to show it's dark green shoots already in the fall with lots of leaves. I really don't know why! Here's what they looked like on January 5 At this stage we had several extremely cold nights -20 to -30 Celsius and not until later did we get a lot more snow.
This was on January 29 and they are completely covered - just the outline of one mugo pine is visible.
Since then most of the snow has disappeared - and look at what the frost did to the Martinettes on the parts that were above the snow during the hard frost!

All those tips are dead, but everything below that snow is still green and alive. HAVE to condition myself to LOVE that snow!!!
SOOO looking forward to this sight (photo from April 30, 2008):


  1. Take heart, Salix. I was out harvesting willow this morning and the sun felt so warm. The rods are a beautiful colour, especially the Brittany Green - gorgeous shades of red and burgundy.

    Soon everything will be growing again.

  2. Hey Weaving Willow
    I am surprised that you can harvest! I just walked over to the willows in the field to check - I want to harvest the Salix purpurea 'Streamco' to let it dry for future weaving. As our property is completely flat, a lot of snow has piled up around the willows. They are still in 20-40 cm of hardened snow!

  3. We also have daffodil foliage starting come up, plus crocuses pushing up their layer of wood chip mulch. It's not going to be that long now!

  4. It always amazes me what a good insulater snow is! Where I was raised they used to spray water on the fruit trees to cover them with ice on really cold nights to protect them...all so amazing! Kim

  5. The winter is starting to seem endless, isn't it!? Like you, I am eagerly anticipating those spring blooms. In the meantime, it has been lovely visiting the blogs of gardeners who are experiencing those first signs of spring. We'll get there, eventually! :)

  6. Can't wait for this day!! Also the basket weaving below is just wonderful! A great use of a beautiful plant!


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