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January thaw reveals life in the garden...hurray!

Written by Doug Oster on .

Well it's official, I've turned into a winter wimp. We only had two weeks of snow and this break in the weather has me longing for spring.

That thick layer of snow was a great insulator. I'm surprised to see so many things survive and thrive through the cold.

The little spring snowflake plant below is the perfect example. With a couple more warm days it will be in full bloom. If it gets cold again, it will just wait for spring...just like the rest of us.

 

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Snowdrops are planted as bulbs in the spring. This one is only a couple inches tall and is planted close to the house. Photos by Doug Oster

 

 

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Pansies in containers also enjoy a little protection, being planted in pots on the front porch.

 

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The coldframe in the vegetable garden is teaming with mixed greens.

 

 

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I think it's time to pick the Brussels sprouts.

 

 

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One of my favorite spring bloomers. The Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) is suppose to bloom with the crocus.

 

 

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The bees head out of the hive on cleansing flights and to forage.

 

 

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Melting snow on the tip of an ivy leaf.

 

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