Just the other day, I was commiserating with fellow Canadian garden blogger, Patty (Garden Pomona) about the challenge of writing gardening posts when our gardens are snow covered here in Canada for such an extended period of time.
Winters in this part of Canada are soooo long! While our American cousins are enjoying the first bright yellow daffodils and tulips, I am still shoveling snow off the front walkway. Honestly, its a bit like being the last person picked for a team or the girl standing on the sidelines, just praying someone will ask her to dance.
Just last week we had a snow storm. This was followed by several days of brilliant blue skies, but the temperature hovered so close to freezing that the snow barely melted away. Then, this morning we awoke to a fresh covering of heavy, wet snow. In December, I might have found the beauty of the snow covered tree branches magical, but this morning I just found it disheartening.
It is uplifting to visit other blogs and see everyone's hellebores blooming. I feel more hopefully when I read about other bloggers cleaning up their gardens and starting to plant seeds. Spring is surely creeping this way.
I would love to show you my magnolia in bloom...
But this morning, magnolia blossoms are nothing more than wishful thinking!
I'd love to go into the back garden and see deep blue grape hyacinths peaking up out of the dirt.
But this is the only blue in sight.
There is something in the air, but its not spring. It's snow.
Can spring have forgotten all about us here is Canada?
Maybe if go onto the internet and I look at a few of those spring blog posts I will feel better.
P.S. The flowers in this post are from the 2011 Canada Blooms Garden show.