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Friday, March 22, 2013

Glory of the Snow

Chionodoxa gigantea 'Alba'
Little Glory of the Snow, you have no idea what is headed your way.

There is snow headed your way.  Oh, joy, you will get to live up to your name, though because you are only three inches high and the weathermen are predicting several inches of snow on Sunday, possibly 6 - 10 inches of snow, we may have to change your name to Crushed by the Snow.

I hope the weatherman are wrong about the snow forecast.

But if they aren't wrong, we'll still be okay. We'll survive the record breaking late snowfall.  It is moisture for the garden, after all, and we still remember the record setting drought of last summer that only produced moisture in the form of gardener's tears, as we watched the garden gasp for rain.

I'd rather have a slow, cool spring than one that set the records for high temperatures, like March of 2012 did.  In hindsight, last March was just a precursor of the misery we and our gardens would endure all summer with no rain and record breaking heat.

If a cool March means a cool summer, that's okay with me.  Glory of the Snow will last longer, too, in a cool March.

Unless it is crushed by accumulating snow on Sunday.


8 comments:

Marian S said...

Fingers crossed for Triumphant Glory of the Snow.

Cindy, MCOK said...

I'm glad you've been able to enjoy a moment of Glory. Think of how beautifully your gardens will grow this year thanks to all that snow!

Helen Malandrakis said...

Beautiful!

Rosemarie said...

Hmm, I think this is what I pull out of my yard. Does it have a tendency to spread too much?

Donna said...

No more snow...a foot this week and I am done... I want to see my Glory of the Snow...I will take a cooler spring too as long as it is not freezing and snowing.

Kathy said...

I truly don't think even 10 inches of snow would crush them. They might bend over a bit, but the next sunny day they'd pop right back up. I think.

Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden said...

Another beauty that I'd never heard of. We are expecting snow flurries today and tomorrow. This year sure is different than last year.

John Willis said...

Hi Carol, it's hard to tell without a closeup but those little white flowers look very much what I call Scilla bifolia 'rosea' as obtained from Brent and Becky. I've got a picture in posting from 2011. http://macgardens.org/?p=2227
Apparently the Chionodoxa and Scilla are close enough that they are proposing to merge Chionodoxa into the genus Scilla.