Boom. Spring.

Last week we dipped down to some of the lowest temperatures of the winter, but this week it’s spring.  I’m not complaining.  We’ve been losing close to six inches of snow a day and this afternoon I came home to an almost cleared snowdrop bed along the East facing side of the house.  I’m sure those of you in warmer climes are rolling your eyes at yet another snowdrop post, but I’m thrilled 🙂

snowdrops emerging from snow

Snowdrops opening even before the snow has a chance to melt. They’re as anxious for spring as I am!

I think it was sometime in January when I last saw bare earth here, and back then only one or two snowdrop noses were barely poking through the surface.  Somehow they must have their own clocks and somehow must work their way up through the frozen soil.  Hard to think of plants as something more than just cold-blooded victims of winter, but there was some kind of growth going on here in the frozen soil under the icy snow and I’m very grateful for it!

32 comments on “Boom. Spring.

  1. I am hoping for a similar sight when our snow finally melts.

    • bittster says:

      It’s only the one bed so far, everything else still has a way to go…. and even then not all the drops are up, many have more sense and are waiting!

  2. Would you believe that I was actually glad to see a few weed seedlings poking up through the formerly-snowburied soil in a small corner of one planting bed today? 🙂 Pretty pathetic when even a weed can reassure one that spring is close at hand, LOL

    • bittster says:

      Haha, that sounds just about right! I’m so anxious for the snow to melt, I just want to go ahead and clean up some of that detritus from the long winter. Even cleanup is something I look forward to at this time of year 🙂

  3. Christina says:

    I felt the lift in your heart, Frank; I really find it very hard to imagine not seeing the soil for almost 3 months. I really hope that’s the end of the snow for you and that spring is well and truly on the way!

    • bittster says:

      I think we’re much closer to spring than we were a week ago, so even with a few bumps in the road that’s a good sign!
      I hope you never have to experience three months of snow. I lived two years in a warmer area and it really did take a good twelve months before I could tolerate anything close to a cold. The blood really does thin out!

  4. Pauline says:

    I can take lots more snowdrop posts! I’m so glad your snow is finally melting and you can see your snowdrops, they are tough little flowers, I think that is why I love them so much.

    • bittster says:

      I’ll be more than happy to go on with the snowdrops knowing I have at least one interested reader! The clumps aren’t as settled as yours, and there are no woodland patches but I know that won’t matter to another galanthophile 🙂

  5. Cathy says:

    Gald your spring is arriving at last Frank! Snowdrops are amazing little plants aren’t they – I can never quite believe it when I see them emerging from the snow. They seem to appear from nowhere within days! Hope your temperatures continue to rise. You’ll be catching us up in no time.

    • bittster says:

      You’re right, it really is hard to believe those delicate little blooms can handle the brutal temperatures they go through. I think it’s one of the foremost reasons why they’re so well loved! In the days ahead I only see one frigid day, and it’s still nowhere close to last week’s arctic blast, so my fingers are crossed that spring only strengthens from here on!

  6. Chloris says:

    At last! Spring takes its time coming to your neck of the woods. How amazing seeing the snowdrops emerging from all that snow. Ours are finishing now, but you’ ve got all the delight to come. Enjoy!

    • bittster says:

      Spring was surely in no rush this year to come my way, and I have my fingers crossed it becomes a little more determined over the next few weeks. You know this is my favorite time of year, I’ll be full of snowdrops and spring cleaning (garden only) for the next few weeks and quite happy for it!

  7. I so wish the snow would melt to see what is under there. It is melting, but slowly. We too had ice on the snow which is slowing it down. Anyway, spring is on the way, not too long now.

    • bittster says:

      The sun is helping so much, we really have clear skies to thank more so than the above freezing temperatures…. and fortunately not as much ice as I suspect you have.

  8. […] thriving under lights in my basement.  A friend who lives not too far away has reported snowdrops blooming in his yard!  One day soon, I will clamber over the snow banks lining my road and clip […]

  9. Rita says:

    I live in TN and we have weather in the 60s all week – I want so bad to start planting but I don’t dare until after April 15. I am just waiting for my perennials to start coming up. If they do I hope we do not get another frost

    • bittster says:

      That sure sounds nice. We need to wait until May 15th to be sure of missing the latest frosts…. and even then need to keep our eyes on the forecast. I always sneak a few pansies and lettuce in as soon as I can though, as long as the cold doesn’t come back too fiercely they’re always ok.
      I sent you an email with a question, let me know if you don’t get it.
      Happy gardening!

  10. AnnetteM says:

    I love photos of snowdrops poking through the snow. So glad they are up now.

  11. pbmgarden says:

    The snowdrops blooming through the snow is an amazing sight. You certainly have a right to be thrilled.

    • bittster says:

      I have my fingers crossed that in another few days we’ll be snow free…. even though there’s still a very real possibility for another storm or two before winter officially gives up.

  12. Amy Olmsted says:

    Next are the Cyclamen coum! Or have you actually planted any out in the garden yet? Mine are still weeks away from showing themselves….we still have so much snow!!

  13. bittster says:

    I can’t wait to see what the cyclamen do this year! Last year was a complete failure after nearly all the buds and foliage died off under the ice and cold, but by fall the plants looked fine again and I’m hoping this spring is more successful. As of today I have yet to see what they look like, but maybe in two or three more days the snow will leave that part of the yard as well!

  14. It has been 2 months since I have seen bare soil and no flowers even a promise. Now 2 ft of snow still to melt before we see anything growing. They are predicating a very cold start to spring here. Glad to see you have some spring in your garden.

    • bittster says:

      I was just looking at our forecast and it looks like we’re due for a cold start too. As long as the sun makes an appearance I’ll be ok, I can’t stand the darkness anymore!
      I hope that snow gets melting. The rain did us good here and I can finally see grass again out back. Still plenty to go though…..

  15. When our last snow melted, I was surprised by how many plants had decided it was time to grow, regardless of the weather. Quite a few had green basal growth and many of my bulbs were poking through. I love how stubborn plants are. 🙂

    • bittster says:

      Funny isn’t it? I always think of plants as being so delicate, but throw a couple feet of snow on them and some just don’t seem to care at all!
      -of course others just keel over and die when the wind blows funny….. I’ve had my share of those!

  16. I was equally thrilled when I saw the snowdrops in my own garden.

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