A quick look at Garden Buddha, Harbinger of Weather, will show you . . . our winter has been a weird one, weather-wise.
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).
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.
They look like green clumps of tired foliage . . . BUT. If you look closer . . .
those are buds in there! Getting ready to bloom . . . buried in snow and unafraid of the cold.
Signs of hope.
Spring . . . is coming.