This is the second year in a row that I have expected to see some bulbs emerging within a week or two, only to find them already appearing the next day! Last year I attributed it to the fact that we already had a deep layer of snow on the ground before it got really cold, so the ground didn't have a chance to freeze to any great depth. This winter however, we didn't get much snow until the middle of December, and we had already had some below zero temps before that. Needless to say, it was a very pleasant surprise! The weather has been absolutely beautiful the last couple of days and temperatures rose to almost 70! I have just about been living outside and am enjoying it immensely!
A whole winter's worth of dirt and debris make the gardens (and everywhere else, for that matter!) look like a tornado has been through, so sorry about the mess! The blue arrow points to where the snow depth had been...
I'm looking forward to getting some work done in the new seed garden. I think I'm going to take the bean arbor out, or at least move it.
Tulips coming right up through the snow!
And Perennial Bachelor's Buttons (Centaurea montana)...
PS I started this post a couple days ago but didn't have time to finish. So, here's an even more recent update because things are happening so fast! This morning I noticed that the snow had melted away from some of the species crocuses overnight. About noon I was working on what little cleaning up can be done when I looked up and was amazed to see one of the flowers opening! This seems like a miracle to me! They were growing under a snow pack that had been there since December, and the few minutes of sun that we had this morning between rain showers sufficed for it to open! The striped squill isn't wasting any time either! My only fear is that I may have lost all the foxgloves, but I hope not!
And we have a couple of visitors right now! They are enjoying the puddles formed by all the water we are pumping out of the basement (well I'm glad somebody likes it!).
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading.