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      Showing posts with label winter aconite. Show all posts
      Showing posts with label winter aconite. Show all posts

      Friday, February 13, 2009

      Any day now...

      I confess, as much as I seem to be endlessly patient and at one with the universe, I am chomping at the bit for spring.

      Honestly, I love winter. Having grown up in NH, I crave banks of snow, ice storms, dark afternoons, and a wood stove to keep me warm. But along about Ground Hog Day I'm done. Which would be fine if I lived in the kinder, gentler part of Zone 6. In NYC winter lingers. Sometimes till March, sometimes till April. Frosts in May are not unheard of.

      But like I said, I'm done. So I start looking. Prowling about for the smallest sign that underground something senses the days are getting longer and that on a sunny afternoon you can actually take off your jacket in Central Park.

      Here's what's out today:
      Galanthus nivalis (snowdrops)

      Hamamelis mollis (Chinese witchhazel)

      Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite)

      Helleborus orientalis (lenten rose)

      What's poking its head up in your garden? Go ahead...make me jealous.

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