|Daffodils emerging March 1|
Naturally, you are thoroughly unimpressed with this view. I realize this shot is unlikely to take anyone's breath away, or cause gasps, swoons, or remarkable outbursts of admiration.
But you have to realize -
This is the first green, growing thing I have seen in five months!
For me, those little green nubs in the mud are as special as any flower could ever be.
And then there's the fact that this shouldn't be happening. Ordinarily, at this time of year, the ground would still be frozen hard, and the daffodil babies would be sleeping soundly under a deep blanket of snow. Will they be alright if winter suddenly remembers it's supposed to be his turn? I know daffs are tough cookies but I can't help worrying...
Many U.S. garden bloggers have noted the unusual pace of the seasons this year. Gardens to the south are well ahead of us (which is perfectly natural), but everyone seems to be ahead of themselves as well. Stacy of Microcosm reported that the sandhill cranes are heading north earlier than usual. Many have commented on earlier blooming crocuses and hellebores. Holley of Roses and Other Gardening Joys actually had a rose bloom in February! The Sage Butterfly writes about how she missed having a proper winter this year. I feel the same way.
But at the same time - my brain is cheering WHOO-HOO! Bring it on, Spring! I lay awake all night, fairly quivering with excitement at the impending growth and movement in the garden. This lack of a proper hibernation has made me feel like an excitable insomniac, greeting the new day with caffeine-induced jitters. How to get my sense of equanimity back?
P.S. - while I was writing this post this morning, a giant snowstorm hit us! Here's what that same spot looks like now (terrible shot taken through my window, because no way I'm going outside in this):
|Bye bye spring|