This is a post only a gardener could love…. and even at that it would need to be a gardener stuck in the cold and gray of a Northern January. Only a cabin fever gardener would care about the first tiny green sprout of a snowdrop coming up among the freezer-burnt hellebore foliage.
Just a few days after temperatures dropped to -6F (-21C), the warmth has returned, the ground is thawing and I’m back outside poking for the first signs of spring. The snowdrops (galanthus elwesii) seemed way too early but then after checking last year’s notes I saw the first was open January 31st last year, and I suppose we’re right on schedule. Using this as a clue I checked the seed pots and saw minute sprouts there. Yay! These little babies might have to come in under the lights, a pot like this is something I might have to check every day! **btw there are two tiny sprouts, just in case you can’t see them 🙂
Elsewhere in the garden some of the snowdrops (also galanthus elwesii) forced under lights last year are also ready for the new season. I keep throwing more mulch on them to slow them down, but they insist on coming up and facing the frigid ice and blowing snow unprotected.I wish I cold post a couple witch hazel blooms, but mine is refusing to bloom this year. It does that, going on and off depending on its mood. So in a desperate bid for anything interesting, here are a few colchicum sprouts already showing. Colchicum are another plant that insists on worrying me with a too-early showing.One plant that did not appear to enjoy the polar vortex is this cyclamen coum. The warm front that preceded the artic blast melted off all our snow cover and these little guys were forced to endure the straight on winds without any windbreaks or mulch cover. I’m hoping the dark shriveled green of the leaves is not a sign of death…..To leave off on a good note this hellebore “HGC Silvermoon” is only showing the typical winter foliage damage. It’s in a full sun position but was engulfed by a neighboring catmint plant during the summer. The plant doesn’t seem to care and I’m looking forward to a nice show soon (now that I can see it again!) So that’s it from here. Not much, but it’s always nice to be able to get out there for a look around during the daylight hours. It gives me time to contemplate failed projects such as the leaking pond shell, the hole of which is holding more water than when the pond liner was in there. In my head I will fix it and end up happy….. right now it just annoys me whenever I pass.But it’s nice to be outside doing something other than shoveling snow. There’s still a month at least before any thoughts of spring become legitimate, so I need to take it easy. Another good cold snap would do well to cool this spring fever off, but I’m worried about what more indoor computer time would do. Right now the budget is blown for spring and it has a lot to do with that easy click that brings plant goodies right to your door….. there’s still a long way to go, and I hope you’re doing better than I’ve been!