Yesterday was a happy day for yours truly. After reading Margaret Roach‘s tweet about the things coming out in her Hudson Valley garden, I rushed outside to check mine. Again. Snowdrops, those beloved little dears, were poking out of the snow and beginning to bloom!
Elated with this early glimpse of things to come, I recalled that Margaret had mentioned her hellebores. Hellebores, despite having names such as “Christmas Rose”, do not really bloom this early where I garden, but hope was having a heyday so I charged on over to have a look at my hellebore patch and, to my amazement the swelling buds were tucked about among the leaves–not quite ready to bloom, but still, re-iterating the Snowdrops’ promise of an early spring.
Only a stricken gardener will understand the joy and false hope that owned me for the rest of the day. And only a Canadian (Victoria gardeners excluded!) can fathom the potential for immediate disappointment. This is the scene outside today, though it was much worse earlier:
I believe the Snowdrops, though.
Now, for those Central Canadian gardeners who really want to feel grumpy today, I also received a cute notice from the Butchart Gardens today, alerting us all to the situation in Victoria.
Anyway, I believe the Snowdrops.