Suspended Springtime

April 24th, 2020 § Comments Off on Suspended Springtime § permalink

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Springtime started her seasonal flirtation early this year. Way back in March —when she should have been roaring— spring was soft as a lamb. But as T. S. Eliot said, April is the cruelest month, and in 2020 we find ourselves in truly uncharted territory.

As I stood blinking in the bright, cold sunlight yesterday morning —drinking in the spicy scent of partially open Bodnant Viburnum blossoms— I thought about patience. Waiting has never been my strong suit, but over the years, gardening has taught me to be a bit less impetuous. I pull back mulch later than most gardeners, and I am slow to set out my seasonal pots. Sometimes I’ll see a splashy display on some fantasy Insta-garden and I’ll get tempted to push the season —but I know it’s never worth the price. There’s snow in my Vermont forecast for the weekend. So for now I’m glad I let the hemlock boughs remain. Waiting has its rewards.

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’


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Springtime Joy As Winter Wanes . . .

March 16th, 2015 § Comments Off on Springtime Joy As Winter Wanes . . . § permalink

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It’s been a long, long, harsh winter in New England. This year, more than any in recent memory, we all seem anxious for any sign that the seasons are about to change. Bodnant viburnum, vernal witch hazel, pussy willow, golden spicebush, snowdrops, crocus; as gardeners we cherish these early-blooming harbingers of spring.

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Take heart, cold-climate gardeners! Even in areas where sap is hardly running and buds are barely swelling, a cacophony of birdsong fills the air. Hibernating creatures are stirring and migratory birds are returning. April is just around the corner and springtime is well on her way.

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