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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.