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A touch of spring

March 26th, 2020 | 14 Comments »

Envy is not an admirable trait but I have to confess that at this time of year, when gardeners even a short distance to the south of me are picking daffodils and beginning to smell the roses, I am envious. Here, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, patches of snow are still much in evidence and where the snow has melted, the ground is soggy, squelching underfoot.

Yesterday, though, my heart brightened when I saw the first crocus in bloom.

Nothing says spring more than yellow crocus!
Nothing says spring more than yellow crocus!


I agree, these little blossoms are nothing when compared to the swathes of colour I see from gardens in England or British Columbia or states in the U.S. southeast. Or with the extraordinary display of Texas bluebells that I was looking forward to seeing in April, when I was scheduled to speak in Austin. (Check out Pam Penick’s blog here for some fabulous photos of what I might have seen.) Still, even these modest displays say that spring will come, even this year when so many around the world are suffering, sick and dying.

So I rejoice in the crocus and in the snowdrops that are blooming everywhere.

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The daffodil foliage just beginning to emerge lifts my spirits.


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In the woods, the snow cover is still heavy in spots, but even there it is beginning to melt.


The snow-free spots on this hillside are warmer. Why?
The snow-free spots on this hillside appear around the base of trees and shrubs, sometimes even around piles of leaves which warm up faster than frozen or soggy ground.


Water is pouring over the waterfall, as more snow upstream melts.


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So spring is definitely on its way. All I can say is, hurry up, please!

Yearning for Spring

February 25th, 2018 | 13 Comments »
It's grey and nasty today and all I can think about is spring. I know it will come but its arrival seems a long way away. So instead of moaning, I'm dreaming of snowdrops ...   [caption id="attachment_3744" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] It's easy to see how snowdrops got their name.[/caption]   and crocus ...   [caption id="attachment_6049" align="aligncenter" width="3456"] Yellow crocus are sunshine to the soul.[/caption]   and buds beginning to bloom.   [caption id="attachment_6057" align="aligncenter" width="1807"] When the yellow buttons of Cornelian cherry open up, the shrub becomes a haze


Is Anything Blooming at Glen Villa?

March 19th, 2016 | 4 Comments »
After more than a month, I'm heading north in a few days, returning to my garden in Quebec. It's been a strange winter... the winter that wasn't, someone called it. So I don't know what I'll find in the garden when I finally arrive. I've heard that in the Eastern Townships, my part of Quebec, the ice on the lake is breaking up and has almost melted. If so, it is earlier than last year.   [caption id="attachment_3731" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] I took this photo last year on April 17 when


Crocus on my Mind

February 15th, 2016 | 10 Comments »
  For the last few days I've been driving south, from Montreal to South Carolina. I was expecting the days to get warmer and they have, but not by much. Along the Skyline Drive in Virginia, snow was very evident, up close ...   [caption id="attachment_3531" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] I like these trees and the way the branches are twisted by the wind and weather. Can someone identify them for me?[/caption]   ... and in the distance.   [caption id="attachment_3532" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Snow covered the ground on mountain ranges that retreated


Signatures of Spring

April 26th, 2015 | 7 Comments »
Crocus and daffodils are sure signs of spring, and I await their appearance at Glen Villa, my garden in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, with bated breath. (Will snow come again or is it finally safe to remove my winter tires?) [caption id="attachment_2098" align="aligncenter" width="1217"] Crocus are usually the second sign of spring. Snowdrops are the first, daffodils the third.[/caption]   A less common sign of spring here is the flower that was blooming yesterday near the front door. It's a common plant, found in many shady or woodland gardens, with almost


Spring arrives at Glen Villa! Finally.

April 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »
Glory, hallelujah! Spring is finally here. Last Saturday the temperature rose to 24C (75 F). And suddenly, everything was bursting into bloom. Crocuses have been blooming for a few weeks now, and the suddenly warm day will shorten their life span. No matter. They remain a spot of light in the just-coming-to-life grass. No matter how many I plant, there are never enough. Crocuses shine, even in half-dead grass. Buds are forming on the Cornelian cherry (cornus mas), that most difficult of shrubs to photograph. The individual flowers are small and tucked