Spring garden buried in snow, but resilient

Written by Doug Oster on .

Heavy, wet snow blankets the garden.

This is spring?

Sometimes it's called an onion snow, the last gasp of winter. In a day or two it's gone and spring returns.

Don't worry about the bulbs and other plants which has sprouted, there's nothing to do with them and most will be just fine.

For trees and shrubs, let them be. Even though their branches weep under the weight of the snow, they will return to their former glory as temperatures rise.

Plants have been dealing with the extremes of spring for centuries and will thrive when spring returns.

I hate to say it, but the garden is beautiful covered in snow.

We all long a break in the weather. When it does, the memories of cold start to the season will fade away like an onion snow.

block pickwick coveredA couple of days ago 'Pickwick' crocus was open and the honey bees were gathering pollen from the orange anthers. Photos by Doug Oster

blog helebores in snowHeelebores don't mind the snow. The white stuff sets off the purple blossoms.

blog birds are hungryDon't forget to feed the birds. They will stick around in the spring and eat lots of bugs.

blog unhappy pansiesPansies on the porch won't be stopped by the snow.

blog daffs buriedThere's nothing to do about these daffodils covered in snow except enjoy them. They will be fine.

blog ornament in snowThere's beauty in the garden regardless of the weather.

blog weeping hemlockLeave trees ans shrubs alone. You'll probably do more damage by trying to remove the snow.

blog pickwick and beeBefore you know it the bees will be visiting the crocus again when the onion snow fades away.

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