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Signs of Hope

A quick look at Garden Buddha, Harbinger of Weather, will show you . . . our winter has been a weird one, weather-wise.

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We've had a couple of big snow-dumps (up to Buddha's shoulders), but not so much as usual on the snow this year.  Lots of rain, though.  And plenty of ice.  A few super frigid days, but mostly fairly warmish (for a winter).

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I'm really ready to just . . . move on to spring.  Without the snow, winter is really just bare and quite bleak.  So brown and crispy.

I got out in the garden - just to walk around and take stock - over the weekend.  Mostly brown stalks and stems, needing to be cut back come spring.  But there are some of these.

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They look like green clumps of tired foliage . . . BUT.  If you look closer . . . 

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those are buds in there!  Getting ready to bloom . . . buried in snow and unafraid of the cold.

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Signs of hope.

Spring . . . is coming.



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We're about to get dumped on today - blizzard warning called for our area and now snow day #2 for Dale. Boooooo.


We're starting on a two week venture into the inversion. Last year we had spring in January and February. It was strange, but magical.


Bring. It. On. We're going to get an annoyance of snow today. I say send a foot so we can go out and have some fun. :-)


Those hellebores are brave and amazing! We've got hyacinths and daffodils sprouted under the snow and buds on magnolia trees, but that's because it was unseasonably warm back in December. I'm betting they suffer and die in the frigid weather :(




I have never grown hellebores, but there appears to be one -- H. niger -- that is hardy to zone 3 (that's me). Maybe I should plant on in my little garden that is mostly shade...


A snow dump can be terrific, but last week our snow just kept pausing and slowing so we were tormented all week until it actually became a dump! Your winter sounds more like a Colorado winter than a Michigan winter. Watch out!

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