Thursday, March 7, 2013

Waiting for Spring

Well, a week has gone by since I put the little spring peeper at the top of my blog. It was wishful thinking that spring might emerge sooner than later. Like last year. At this time in March 2012, the front yard was bare, tulips were popping up through the soil, green chives looked lush in the herb garden, and red maple buds were swelling.

Tulips emerging and red maple buds swelling, March 9, 2012
Today we have a snowstorm, although less snow, thankfully, than expected. Nearly a foot of snow, from February storms, still covers our front yard, and where we snowplowed the driveway the snow piles are three feet or more. The woodland pools, where the duck-like quacking of wood frogs will soon be heard, are still mostly frozen.

A woodland vernal pool still mostly ice-covered, March 6, 2013
Somewhere under all that snow in our yard, the tulips and chives and daffodils are pushing up through the soil. A few warm, sunny spring days will melt away the snow cover and with it the winter blues. The waiting is just so hard.

1 comment:

  1. Similar sentiments here, Ellen. Spring seems so close and yet so far..............

    And yet as I was just telling a native Philadelphian the other day spring gets here about a month earlier than you'd expect given its latitude. Still it always seems to tease us before it finally arrives.

    I love the new photo at top.