Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Winter Chasm

This time of year, between late fall and early winter (fwinter?), it's easy to get deluded into thinking that winter will be a snap in the garden, with spring just around the corner... lots of small plants like primroses are putting out new foliage under their protective blanket of fallen leaves, and the wet, black soil seems ready to explode, with thousands of small bulbs starting to push up into the sunlight. The early snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii), in particular, are well out of the ground, showing their diamond-hard white tips in row after row. The snowdrops will be blooming in February, and after all that's only three months from now; on occasion we even have them blooming in January. Yet it's an illusion... a delusion; for winter here is like a deep, cold chasm. You're walking towards it, whistling a happy tune, then you fall into this abyss of ice and gloom, which seems neverending. How three months can expand into this seemingly endless period of time is astonishing... had Einstein lived in Iowa, he would have, at a very young age, had no doubt that time is elastic, and can expand at will. Sleep tight, little snowdrops, and I'll see you in the spring. Posted by Picasa

Comments:
ugh. I don't think I am going to like winter in this part of the country. I did plant over 100 bulbs on our new lot, but I don't think it will put a dent in the landscape.
 
I forgot to mention that I love this photo. I don't know if you had to get on the ground, but it was worth the effort, Don
 
Sissy... These snowdrops are on a little slope, so I just had to kneel, and get my big head out of the sunlight. Those hundred bulbs will someday be a thousand (I know).
Don
 
Ahhh, but you have the great Iowa black loam. Here in NJ we are struggling with old used up hard clay - yuck.
But on the other hand we don't have the -20 degree days either.
 
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