Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's not always easy being a Canadian Garden Blogger


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.

29 comments:

  1. I remember going through this last winter. After the UK bloggers publisher their snowdrop photos, then the US, then the west coast of canada, I felt that everyone would have lost interest by the time mine came along. It was a three month stretch. It seems we canadians are always the last to welcome spring, although summer arrives speedily. Hope the snow goes for you soon, I am looking forward to seeing spring soon, (only 2 more weeks, and I arrive).

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  2. What beautiful tulip images. I guess I should not complain about the weather so much. I keep forgetting that my Canadian friends and their longer and colder days.You would hate me then to hear that when they tell us a cold front is coming in from the north that I tell it to go back north. LOL! I will have to remember not to do that. Do tell your cold weather to go north or south? LOL!

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  3. I'm starting to feel like there will be NO SPRING here in Ontario this year! This feels like it's been the longest, coldest, snowiest Winter EVER! Not to worry my friend, you've done a FAB job of keeping us interested and entertained over the Winter. Yours is more than just a Gardening Blog!

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  4. This is such a hard time of the year for gardeners.. Spring fever can drive you crazy! I hope it's not too long until you're enjoying your spring flowers. Great photos!

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  5. You certainly have a lot more challenges than I'll ever have in my garden, but the way yours bursts into luxuriant growth and seemingly instantaneous, vivid colour once the weather really does warm up, makes your gardens seem so much more beautiful and enviable to us in the Southern hemisphere. Here, I have long, hot, dry and frequently windy, summers to contend with and it's an ongoing job to ensure things stay alive when the heat is at its hottest. Our rain falls in winter time and that's when everything is green and lush, but it's too cold and wet to garden much. So, I suppose none of us has it perfect!

    You certainly have kept up with providing us with gorgeous posts and, for me, the snowy, icy scenes are very beautiful, too as they are not what I usually get to see. I'm holding thumbs your weather improves soon!

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  6. U mnie magnolia też jeszcze nie kwitnie a inne kwiaty powoli szykują się dopiero do kwitnienia. Przyjdzie i do Ciebie wiosna!
    Pozdrawiam :)

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  7. Nevertheless, your posted photos are beautiful and that is one of the attributes of your blog what keeps many of your loyal readers returning for more.

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  8. Your garden has such beautiful structure, can't wait until it bursts into bloom and I am sure, you will see signs very soon. We feel we are on the better side of winter now in our garden, April's just about to begin...all those showers will wash the snow away.

    Your photos are always beautiful, and I enjoy them so much, and yes, you do keep your blogging friends interested and engaged and I for one, really appreciate your talents.

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  9. Jennifer, I too am looking at other blogs and wondering when will it be my turn?! I feel like I've never waited so long for spring before. The good news is that we are at the end of winter and any day now spring will jump up and greet us.

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  10. With snow in the air, your creativity has been stretched and you came out with a wonderful post that everyone enjoyed and some even relate. Congrats! :)

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  11. Jennifer, I agree with you, it is quite depressing to live in the colder zones and see spring happening everywhere else.

    I am just beginning to come out of the doldrums, we have had so much late cold and frost this year.

    Eileen

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  12. Jennifer your post is so sweet...spring is coming, it's almost there...and I can't wait to see your beautiful captures and witness your garden coming to life!

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  13. Jennifer, I am right here with you. Lost in winter weather too. You have a gorgeous selection of images today and you brought out the big guns. Such pretty flowers. Even the snow scenes are pretty.I know, when will it leave...

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  14. I don't envy you the long winter months, beautiful though Canada is. Thank you for the lovely photographs though - stunning images!

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  15. I hope Spring will arrive in your neck of the woods soon! I am always so impressed with Canadian blogs! I have learned so much from them and am awestruck by all the gorgeous summer blooms you have while we suffer in the summer heat & humidity. Great photographs!

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  16. I adore tulips - and I really enjoyed your extreme close-up photos of bunches of them. The range of tones in the monochromatic set is lovely. I remember those wild and crazy tulips you'd get (were they called Painted, or Parrot Tulips?) that were multi-coloured with frayed edges. I loved how you'd let them explode open, petals tumbling all over. Even though I do love winter I hope spring arrives soon, and your tulips come up, and your camera gets clickin'....we will be well rewarded I'm sure.

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  17. oh Jennifer, spring is on its way....really! Hope your latest snow is gone in the blink of an eye and spring starts to emerge.

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  18. Hello Jennifer, Oh my your Winter does drag on. However I had a look through your site, and wow. Your garden is beautiful in the growing seasons, here on the east coast of Scotland the Winter may not be as harsh as yours but I know that your Summers outshine ours by far. I was just looking you up in blotanical and see that you are not very active on it. My intention was to let you know that being more active on blotanical would up your profile and bring you more visitors. How presumptuous of me, you quite deservedly have many followers.

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  19. I lived in Pennsylvania for 3 years and couldn't wait to get back to North Carolina, even if summer can be hellish.

    If it's any consolation your growing season looks like perpetual spring to those of us in the South.

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  20. I echo your sentiments exactly! I have all but given up on blogging for the time being, this winter has been especially long and snowy. DH noticed the tips of some crocuses and daffodils this morning, I will try and get a few pictures of them before the snow storm tomorrow. Sigh.

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  21. Jen, you might not have Spring yet but when it does come your garden shines brighter than most! Wow, I aspire to have a garden as beautiful as yours.

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  22. I used to live in Grand Forks, ND and Watertown, NY where it takes forever for spring to finally arrive. But when it did, it was like watching a slow explosion, everything seemed in such a rush to grow. But I do miss having mild summers. Ours can be brutally hot and humid. Hang tight!! It's coming!!!

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  23. Such lovely photos - you would never know you are in a cold climate! but I feel your pain - we had some wet snow here last week and although I see daffodils and snowdrops, I'm still aching for warmer weather. In addition, I have mostly containers (we rent our house) so I don't have many perennials to watch coming through the earth. Still - it WILL be here soon, I just know it. :)

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  24. I have been to Canada several times, but always in the summer. Each time I was impressed with the amount of annual color seen everywhere from municipal plantings to hanging baskets on gas stations overhangs. Perhaps the shorter growing season makes people better appreciate the time they can garden.

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  25. ...and today it is raining. Oh well. I can feel it coming Jennifer. I can see daffodil green poking through. It is just too cold and wet to go out and snap a photo or two. I enjoyed your lovely photos. I look forward to seeing your magnolia in full bloom-the colour is astounding.

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  26. It's very warm here now and sometimes people wear shorts and T-shirts. However, it's possible to have a couple of snows until May. I can't wait........

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  27. These are all beautifully photographed. The one of the muscari is a real stunner, with the orange-red background.

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  28. I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog! I garden in zone 3 in Minnesota, so I feel your pain! I can relate to the analogy of the kid picked last from the team. I'm planting crocus this fall (can you believe I don't have any) just so I have something blooming at this time of year when everyone else is drunk with the pleasures of spring in the garden!

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