Spring Snow

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In the past seven days we’ve seen our weather go from cold and snowy to warm and blustery. We had about 4 inches of snow on Wednesday, which lingered into Friday. Today it’s the warmest so far this year, 54° in the shade on the north side of the house. The morning’s blustery winds have died down, but not stopped.

Iris reticulataBefore it melted away from the garden on Friday afternoon, the first of our little dwarf iris, Iris reticulata, opened through the snow. Today, three of them are in bloom on our sunny corner, along with a veritable purple sea of crocus.

In wandering around the garden today I saw the first Erythronium leaves starting to poke up, as well as a tiny little Fritillaria leaf. Each day seems to being another discovery of a plant coming out of winter dormancy and starting once again to grow.

We’re greeted with the sweet smell of Sarcococca and Viburnum bodnatense ‘Dawn’ every time we come in or leave the house, thanks to having planted these to fragrant shrubs near the front door.

The daffodils have buds but it will still be at least a couple of weeks, and probably more,  before they start bringing their yellow cheerfulness to our corner.

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