A Tale of Two Seasons

Woke up to this:


Every twig, every leaf, every surface has snow on it.






When I look up into the trees, the first thing that pops into my head is “reindeer antlers”, for some reason.  What do you think?


Soon, I hope, the temperature will rise above freezing so the snow will begin to drop off the plants.  It’s heavy and wet, and many of the shrubs are arching over a bit too much for comfort…I am praying for no breakage.

Checking my notes, I see we had a dusting of snow on March 27, 2011.  The photos show the flowers much more advanced than this year.  It’s been a cold, cold March–many days more like January.  While snow is not uncommon this late in the season (and even a dusting on the flowers in early April is fairly common), I can’t remember having this much so late.  I measure 3″-4″, and it’s still snowing.

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are due to peak in a week–really?  Hard to believe on a day like today, yet it will come to pass.  My hillside of blooming daffodils is hidden under the snow this morning.

Can’t wait for shorts, flip-flops, and flowers!

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Posted under The Spring Garden, The Winter Garden, Weather vagaries

This post was written by Jeff Minnich on March 25, 2013

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A Guide for the Novice Gardener

Spring gardening tips in my article for the latest issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine (Wilmington, NC).


Posted under Garden maintenance, Pruning, Southern Gardens, Spring Flowers, The Spring Garden

This post was written by Jeff Minnich on March 4, 2013

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