The ongoing adventures of gardening in Nova Scotia
02 March 2011
Midweek Farch Miscellany: Ice, cold, and dreams of daffodils
Trying to be optimistic here, as we have had two outbursts of really bad weather in the past 5 days. This has resulted in more snow, but also bouts of rain and freezing rain, resulting in a glacier in most of the yard. The good news is, the snow isn't blowing around. The bad news is...the horse and donkey would need ice skates crossed with snowshoes to be able to cope with being outdoors. So they are barn-grumpy.
Still, there is plenty of beauty to behold, like these seedheads of inula against a wintery sky...
And because we continue to feed the birds and provide water for them, there is plenty of bird life to be enjoyed from the windows, or outside when the weather is less cranky...it's important to have a source of fresh water for birds in winter, so we're really enjoying the heated birdbath we bought from For the Birds Nature Shop in Mahone Bay.
This little spruce, clinging to life on the rocks down by the wharf, says a great deal about the determination of plants. I do wonder what is going on under the snow in my garden...probably moles, mice, voles are chewing roots and bark of plants. But we'll worry about that when the snow finally relinquishes its grip...
And since we don't expect to see real daffodils until about May, with all this snow, I'll try to relieve a little of our Farch madness with dreams of daffodils from other seasons. We will make it through til spring, won't we?
I know many of you are starting to enjoy the awakening gardening, but what about the rest of my winter-weary friends? How are you coping with this long cold winter?