Waiting for the snow to thaw

Posted: Monday 28 January 2013
by James Alexander-Sinclair

In the next week or so the rain will come, the air temperature will rise and everything will look distinctly brown and soggy.

Snow-covered garden

Not a lot of gardening has gone on across the nation since we last met. We still have about six inches of snow and I am thankful I have three pairs of my warmest socks, otherwise things might be getting a bit cheesy round here.

There is not much that gardeners can do really, except walk around admiring the general loveliness of all this white. Walking in snow requires a surprising amount of energy - a walk that would usually be merely invigorating has suddenly become rather exhausting.

The other great advantage of snow is that I cannot see the tangled mess of decaying foliage that I know lurks just beneath it. At the moment everything is clean and neat. This will not last.

In the next week or so the rain will come, the air temperature will rise and everything will look distinctly brown and soggy. This will be the time to clear the decks, cutting back the borders and adding the discarded stems to the bulging compost heap.

I always enjoy this time very much as it means that spring is on the way. As last year’s debris is cleared we can already see the nubs of bulbs and foetal leaves beginning to develop. While we gardeners have been loafing in front of the television and grumbling about the snow, our gardens have been busy.

Now all we need is a thaw.

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happymarion 28/01/2013 at 16:30

Ah. James. I already have a duck pond at the kitchen door and loads of birdseed and crumbled fat balls on the paths. lots of eucalyptus bark everywhere needed picked up and snowdrops blushing unseen as I saw them a couple od days ago. Yes, the snow for being so pristine leaves us with a mucky mess. The weather this week is not going to be good.

flowering rose 29/01/2013 at 14:12

everything is blown about the garden and puddles of water and fences blown over,the paths and steps are slippery and I wish spring would come.I did see some snowdrops yesterday so there is hope.

donutsmrs 29/01/2013 at 17:00

The snow has long gone here in Bournemouth. It is now blowing a gale and pouring with rain. Had a look round the garden yesterday and the bulbs are pushing their heads up and a few things have new shoots showing including my Fuchsias. I love the spring, the blue tits are even checking out the nesting box, so spring is definitely coming.

terry9 12/02/2013 at 21:30

I hope that this year is drier than last.
My fruit trees and vegatables were a disaster.
Just waiting for another dusting of snow to arrive tonight (according to the weatherman) and then hopefully the (dry)thaw gets underway.
The Farmers (those that planted vegatable crops) had a terrible time last year.

Dirty Hands 14/02/2013 at 17:35

Glad i'm not the only one waiting for the snow to melt. I'm Currently in Montreal and we have 4ft on the ground :)

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