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Spring is Out There. Somewhere.

snow covered daffodilsI watched in despair from our living room window the arrival of snow on Friday evening. Fluffy snowflakes performing a dance of circles in a cruel wind, flickering in and out of the amber-glow cast by a lamp-post. A thick carpet of sparkling snow greeted us the following morning.

Spring is obviously struggling to shake off winter’s firm grip.

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The entire weekend was bitterly cold, sleet and light snow dominated the disappearing landscape. However, folk residing towards the North of the UK seem to have been hit the hardest.

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No allotment visits, no seed sowing. Spring daffodils shiver in the snow, reluctant to open their buttery flower buds. The Koi have once again retreated to the bottom of the pond, confused by the constant change in temperatures.

koi pond

Hurtled back into what appears to be a deep winter slumber, there are signs that spring is trying to make herself known if you look closer. Fruit tree buds are beginning to swell, Forsythia covered in tightly rolled buds will soon reveal golden stars against a brilliant spring blue sky.

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We’re all dreaming of warmer days to come, the sweet fragrance of spring flowers and fresh-cut grass. Trees ablaze in blossom and the sound of buzzing honey bees.

22 thoughts on “Spring is Out There. Somewhere.”

  1. My daffodils are all in huge buds, snowdrops too, and all sorts of other life poking their heads thu UNTIL, the arrival of 1300mm yes thats right, 1.3metres of snow. With some wind drift even a car is buried and this is 800 feet up from Wrexham and yet 15 minutes away they got away with a light dusting. Goodness know what state the garden will be in when this lot clears – water logged for starters. Good job we delayed getting some chickens though.

  2. Great photos! And I feel the frustration, I live in Canada and things seem to be warming up a bit here…I hope

  3. Oh Dave, let’s hope a break in the weather is coming soon. It’s really grim in places.

    I really worry about the old and frail at times like this, not able to afford to heat their properties or get out to shops etc.

  4. It’s like we get a warm day and think spring is here and winter says, “no, I don’t think so” and dumps some more snow on us. :( Come on spring!!

  5. Even out here in the Outer Hebrides where we don’t often suffer snow due to the maritime climate, it is utterly bitter – some of the coldest days since I have lived here. Gardening activities restricted to planting seedlings in heated propagator. Hope your chill and snow are gone soon!

  6. Oh no! I thought you were getting Spring weather! Winter is hanging on here in New England but that is not unusual (just unwelcome). But I was enjoying sharing your Spring. Hope it warms up soon! Patti

  7. The past wo morning I got out of bed and the water in the birdbath was frozen. No snow and so far it looks like the cold mornings have not damaged flowering plants. This year has been really hard to predict.

  8. Its seems a long way away to me! So much snow over the weekend I was quite amazed and its forecast for cold and more snow all week. Can’t believe the clocks change this weekend, we should be busy, busy busy now!

  9. We are very cold in Pembrokeshire but no snow , I did get some seeds in the greenhouse , but would love to plant out my onions but been told it still too cold for them. Hope we all get some sun soon.

  10. It really is a case of so near and yet so far, isn’t it. Every time I think Spring is finally here it snows again. Ah well, I imagine when the warmer weather does finally arrive we will be treated to a really intensive show as everything suddenly flowers together and we all run around like headless chickens trying to catch up!

  11. I’m so sick of this weather now. I’m starting to get afraid that Spring will never arrive, and my feet and hands will eventually just fall off through frostbite.

    I don’t know if you;ve kept pond fish before, but it’s best to make sure to keep an eye on your fishies during Spring, as it’s often when bacterial infections can strike; the water being warm enough for bacteria to become active, but not warm enough for the fishes immune system to kick in properly.

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