Well it's official, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. Which means: early spring! With three feet of snow slowly melting nine days after Jonah blew through the East coast that's a bit of good news. This morning it was nippy with plenty of ice on my van but the weatherman says it will be 50 today.
Here at the farm, getting ready for spring begins in September. That's when we start seeding many of our early blooming spring flowers such as nigella, foxglove, dianthus, carnations, campanulas, and poppies. Thousands of bulbs are planted in October; bluebells, daffodils, muscari, and tulips are under the snow, resting and waiting until the days are long enough and the earth is warm enough. Last week we planted our first seeds of the year, Chantilly snapdragons. In the coming weeks we will be filling the germination chamber and greenhouse benches with many more flats of seedlings.
On this beautiful groundhog day, take some time to enjoy the blue sky and winter sun. Dreams are waiting under the melting snow.
Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow.
--R. H. Newell