Friday, February 24, 2012

Spring in the Snow

Last weekend, it snowed here in Raleigh.

What is this cold white stuff here?  I don't understand - it was nice and warm a couple days ago!
Despite all the fluctuating weather, the daffodils determinedly kept to their timetable and started blooming.

Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' in the snow
My white crocuses became lost...

Okay, I think I'm having an identity crisis..
While my yellow crocus found itself.

I'm small, but I'm here!
The kids were thrilled with the snow, especially my two-year-old, who didn't remember seeing snow before.  The look of wonder on her face was beyond priceless.

Yellow-rumped Warbler in the snow
And a good time was had by all.

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  1. Thank goodness nature is so resilient!! A little snow doesn't harm early spring flowers. Your 2 yr old in the snow must have been beyond cute!

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    1. I was pretty impressed that the daffodils kept right on budding and blooming! My kids had so much fun in the snow - they didn't want to come back in!

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  2. What a wonderful gift this year--a convergence of winter and spring that gives us Crocuses and snow at the same time. Great shots!

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    1. Thanks! It doesn't often happen around here, that's for sure!

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  3. Brrrrr! The snow does look lovely...for about an hour!! x

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    1. I think about one month with snow would be optimal - if it's cold it might as well be pretty with snow in my opinion! Of course around here, when it snows it's like a holiday; everyone is either ecstatically happy and playing in it or paranoid that they are going to be snowed in and run out of bread and milk.

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  4. Don't you just feel for the birds in the snow, especially those that are not used to it or flew south to get away? Nice photos of the little birds.

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    1. I know - I could see so many birds huddling down while fluffing up their feathers. At least there's lots of food and shelter in the area!

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  5. I didn't realize that you got snow! My philosophy is that if it is going to be that cold it might as well snow and look pretty outside. I still remember the look on my son's face the first time he saw snow. It was priceless. Of course it was over in 5 minutes when he came in screaming because his hands were so cold! Sounds like your kids had a great time!

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    1. My philosophy exactly! It usually snows about once or twice a year here. I remember last year taking my little one out in the snow, and she was just cold and miserable. What a difference a year makes - I actually had to drag my kids back inside!

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  6. So sad to see those lovely blooms in the snow. It will not last long this time of the year and especially in your area. The Blue bird is so pretty. I cannot wait to see them come back to my yard this spring.

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    1. The snow definitely didn't last long - by that afternoon, most of it was melted. And a couple days later it was so warm I saw a butterfly go by my window. Crazy weather!

      I love the bluebirds. They must overwinter somewhat in my area, as I've had a couple regulars at my bird feeder. Very shy, though!

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  7. I'm glad we are mostly out of the snow season here. Blooms in snow are nice, though. I love this time of year (not the weather) when everything goes from brown to every color of bloom and all the new greens pop out of the ground!

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    1. It's so exciting when everything starts to green up! If I remember correctly, you had the most beautiful picture of a crocus in the snow I've ever seen. We usually don't get that much snow here, though.

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  8. I garden in Calgary, Canada on the cold windswept prairies. Our spring flowers arrive in April and need to be hardy as we often get a huge dump of snow in May. Growing up in England means I've never really got over the frustrations of gardening here. I miss daffodils so much.

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    1. Wow, that would be a change. When I was a kid I lived in Alaska, and I remember we had such a short flower season, but what a season we had with all the sun! I remember growing lots of annual wildflowers from seed. Now that I'm an adult, though, I think that would be really tough to go back and have such a short gardening season and not to be able to grow some of my favorites.

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  9. It's been so interesting reading your posts - I'm particularly interested in your photographs of the garden birds (different to the birds in England so they look very exotic to me!).

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