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Friday, February 13, 2009

Any day now...

I confess, as much as I seem to be endlessly patient and at one with the universe, I am chomping at the bit for spring.

Honestly, I love winter. Having grown up in NH, I crave banks of snow, ice storms, dark afternoons, and a wood stove to keep me warm. But along about Ground Hog Day I'm done. Which would be fine if I lived in the kinder, gentler part of Zone 6. In NYC winter lingers. Sometimes till March, sometimes till April. Frosts in May are not unheard of.

But like I said, I'm done. So I start looking. Prowling about for the smallest sign that underground something senses the days are getting longer and that on a sunny afternoon you can actually take off your jacket in Central Park.

Here's what's out today:
Galanthus nivalis (snowdrops)


Hamamelis mollis (Chinese witchhazel)


Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite)


Helleborus orientalis (lenten rose)


What's poking its head up in your garden? Go ahead...make me jealous.

4 comments:

Shirley Bovshow "EdenMaker" said...

Hi Ellen,
Would it make you feel better if I mentioned it has been raining in L.A.? Other than that, the salvias, lavenders, convulvulus, kangaroo paws and a host of other plants are showing off their colors right now!
Shirley

Ellen Zachos said...

Oy, Shirley, you're killin' me! Make up the guest room, I'm coming over. I can picture the orange of the kangaroo paws and the purple of the lavender together (one of my favorite color combos). I'm glad you're getting rain because I know you need it! It's 25 degrees here in NYC this morning, but they're predicting a balmy 40 by midday.

WiseAcre said...

Nothing is poking it's head up in my garden. A good foot of snow still blankets it. Sounds like a short '400' mile drive downstate might cure my Cabin Fever.

Ellen Zachos said...

Ok WiseAcre, maybe I'll stop complaining. But probably not.

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