26 March 2009

COLORADO COLLEEN: Daffodils Bloom in Blizzard; It's Springtime in the Rockies!

Outside, daffodils in full bloom duck a blizzard. It’s Springtime in the Rockies! Eager to take advantage of this rare precipitation, I got out to shovel during a lull in the storm. Heavy snow with about an inch of watery slush underneath--great for the thirsty landscape. I do hope others will get out to do some snow mulching rather than just letting it all run off.
Moved a bunch of containers with pansies, Swiss chard, dianthus, ornamental kale, and primroses into the garage. They're hardy, but know they'll appreciate being in out of the winds. Worrying about my new trees-- 4 Snow Crabs and 2 volunteer peaches -- already leafed out and almost in blossom. This morning, as the snow started to fly, I went out to cut some elegant white hyacinths, brought them in and have them in vases around the house; one bloom can perfume an entire room. Such a juxtaposition--this whiff of spring and the winter storm outside the windowpanes.

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