Saturday, February 24, 2018

February is for Transitions

While it might not be the official end of winter, February can be very transitional here in central Ohio. On any given day, it might be winter or it might be spring, and it will definitely flip back and forth. This February was transitioned quickly from winter into spring. I'm sure it will get cold again, and I'm sure we'll see snow. Snow and cold is how the month started.

I even went for a winter walk, which isn't my usual practice. I hate being cold, even though I do think the snow can be very pretty. This time I was inspired to go see the winter beauty at my favorite park, Chestnut Ridge.

It's at this point that I usually begin to anticipate spring so strongly that I buy more kitchen flowers. Daffodils are abundant at stores this time of year, so I buy plenty. And tiny little pots of roses are fun to see on the windowsill.

But the weather quickly turned from these wintery views, and spring began to creep in. The first clue is always when the sedum Angelina starts to show it's bold colors. This is the main reason that I grow it, to offset the bland colors of winter. Soon, I spotted bulb foliage peeking through its colors.

Here it is the end of February, and my patience with a harsh winter has been rewarded with an early spring. I'm not foolish enough to think it will last, but I'm loving it while it lasts. Already I have hellebores, crocus, and iris. Soon there will be daffodils, hyacinths, muscari, squill, and tulips. I can hardly wait.

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