April fooling around

After four days of nice, warm weather, we were starting to feel complacent that spring had finally settled in.  But oh, no.  It dropped well below freezing again last night and this morning there was another half-inch of new snow—the crunchy, frosty, diamond-like kind.  Yesterday actually started out quite beautiful, and I made a few new studies of the emerging Pushkin snowdrops.

Scilla siberica 9039Scilla siberica 9033But today about half of them are ice-covered and bent over in apparent submission.  Others, mainly the ones that hadn’t yet opened any blossoms, appear healthy and ready to bloom when they get the chance.  Here’s hoping!

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13 Responses to April fooling around

  1. Yup, Mother Nature played a cruel April Fool’s Day joke on us too. It snowed like crazy all morning, almost whiteout conditions, and now the ground is totally covered in snow again! Not very nice Mother Nature :(.

  2. Meanderer says:

    Looked at the long-range forecast on the BBC weather site today. It’s not looking warm any time soon. Also, provisional figures – to be confirmed mid-week – suggest that March was the coldest since 1962 here in the UK.

    Lovely photos of this very pretty – and resilient – plant!

    • krikitarts says:

      Hey, that’s only 51 years. Could be worse, you know. And last year we had the warmest March on record. Is something seriously wrong with this picture?

  3. The stop and go is frustrating, isn’t it?! We’re experiencing the same thing. Although we may be a bit ahead of you, we’re back in the 20s again tonight (and had snow earlier in the week). It’s crazy! I have a soft spot for blue flowers, so I just love these sweet Pushkin snowdrops.

    • krikitarts says:

      Most of them seem to be making it through the cold snap, and the unopened ones look the hardiest, so there may be more soon. They are among my favorites, too.

  4. seekraz says:

    Like putting them in the fridge for a day or two…or the ice-box, I suppose…. Very pretty image, Gary….

    • krikitarts says:

      They have to be pretty cold-tolerant to be appearing at this tenuous time of year, and I’m looking forward to more coming into bloom soon. We’ll be heading north on Wednesday to check on things at the cabin, but they should be flourishing when we get back.

  5. Well at least the ones that are now iced over got to become internationally known thanks to you :)

    • krikitarts says:

      True–and that’s a really happy thought for sure. But more are coming up and should be worthy successors. Low 50s predicted for today, so there’s hope again!

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful pictures, Gary – the bright browns in the backdrop really set the flowers off! Adrian

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