I’ve been so happy with the temperature climbing up and the ability to see green again. I started to clean up the garden, pruning roses and feeding plants. Happiness, it seemed, was short lived. The rain that started on April 15th turned to snow overnight and dumped two inches on the ground. The temperature has dropped down below freezing. I felt guilty for removing all the leaves covering the flower plots last fall as winter protection for plants and a refuge for the good insects. Now they will have to deal with more cold nights unprotected.
I haven’t removed the extra bird feeders yet so the birds have their food supply and shelters still available to them. I think they’re happy that I’ve removed the leaves as it gives them easy access to insects and worms. A few more cold nights and then the temperature will climb up again. Hopefully, nature can make up her mind this time around.
I woke up this morning to see snow falling outside. The temperature is cold with no wind so the snow stayed on the leaves and on the ground. Lucky that I’ve gotten everything I needed done in the garden before the weather got cold and snow fell. We insulated our beehives only last week, good for us and the honeybees. We also put up a cold frame for the first time this year and getting it in last weekend. We weren’t looking forward to hammering poles into frozen ground! We can now grow winter vegetables like Kale, Swiss chard and Arugula in there. I’m not sure how well this will work but I want to try growing hardier vegetables year round if I can.
Anyway the sight of snow on the ground, trees, leaves and flowers is a reminder of the omnipresence of beauty year ’round.
Snow fell again last night, not as much as when blizzard ‘Nemo’ blew over a few days ago. That night I came home to see a foot of snow on the ground as well as the patio (under the roof). Last night was peaceful and quite a beautiful night, beautiful enough to make me anxious to get up early in the morning to take photographs of the beauty before the sun melted it all away.
As much as I look forward to spring’s arrival, these are the moments that make me wish winter would last a little longer.