Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chaste Snowdrop; Welcome as a Friend

I like to read some of my favorite blogs before I begin the daily chores.  Lately, when I head over to Blotanical, I find a plethora of spring blooms: There are crocuses at Holley Garden and at The Garden Roof Coop. Hellebores are a delight in Carolyn's Shade Garden; and Bloomingwriter is dreaming of daffodils. Muscari Musings displays a planter of pretty primroses and other spring blooms. Always Growing gives center stage to a stunning daffodil. There were daffodils at Green and Serene last week and fuschia 'ballerinas' in a pot there, now. Thanks For Today brought forsythia inside to bloom and expresses what we are all feeling, "Winter I am so over you."

I peered anxiously through the window to see if I could spot anything blooming in the areas where the snow had melted. I saw something green and white in the shade garden under the old cedar tree. Although it was very cold, I had to go out to investigate. I am so glad I did, because at last there is something worthwhile to photograph ...

Exploring further I found hellebore buds ...

Most of my gardens are still under snow and ice, but I searched and found daffodil shoots ....

... and some of my sweet crocuses are making an appearance. 

Only a gardener can understand my excitement at these discoveries. The deer I spotted inside the entrance to the Woodland Walk was not impressed. Can you see her lying on a carpet of pine needles to the right of the arbor?

Back indoors, I watered the miniature daffodils I had planted in a teapot. H.H. bought them for me last week, and I so enjoyed transplanting them out of their little plastic pot. Having potting soil under my finger nails again was such a joy.

There are still lots of buds to open on this sunshiny plant ...

 The title of this posting is taken from William Wordsworth's poem To A Snowdrop written in 1819. I love it, but the last line gives pause for thought. This winter wasn't 'fleeting' though, was it?
 LONE Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they 

But hardier far, once more I see thee bend

Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,

Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day, 

Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay 

The rising sun, and on the plains descend; 

Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend 

Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May 

Shall soon behold this border thickly set 

With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing 
On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers; 

Nor will I then thy modest grace forget, 

Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring, 

And pensive monitor of fleeting years! 

Thank you, gardening friends, for the immense joy your blogs give me!
Pamela x

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  1. Yay for snowdrops, hellebores, and darts indoors and out. As Jan says, we are just sooo over winter...but here we have three feet plus of snow to get rid of...

  2. What a wonderful post! My snowdrops are also a welcomed bloom.. I planted my first hellebore last year and I'm so excited that they'll be blooming soon...Your right-only a fellow gardener can understand how crazy we get at the first signs of spring! Thanks for the link to my site-I'm glad we can share the feeling-- "Winter I'm so over you!"

  3. It's so exciting to see the first bloom of the year, coupled with signs of more to come. How wonderful to be able to look across your garden and see a deer, that would truly make my day.

  4. Dear Pamela, What a joyous posting you too have given your readers today!. I can well understand your excitement at these first signs of spring....somehow they are more precious than the summer flowers which are so abundant. And, how wonderfully these sentiments are all encapsulated in the Wordsworth poem. Lovely!!

  5. That's sure a lot of snow you still have ... your deer looks so peaceful. So many of us are 'so over' winter by now. The little tidbits of spring-like temperatures that we have had are making me terribly antsy to get out to do some real gardening!

  6. Pam, Thank you so much for linking to my post on Christmas rose hellebores. I am so glad you enjoyed it. those don't look like the normal snowdrops. with the wide shiny green leaves, are the G. woronowii? It's nice to know that spring has come to you in the Poconos. Carolyn

  7. Beautiful, Pam. It's so nice to have friends out there that can relate to our excitements and frustrations! My post was written with much difficulty as I've just been feeling so 'blah' lately and trying to sound positive is really difficult for me right now. Being 'thankful for today' is a real effort and more work than I can manage at times! I know we are heading into spring and fortunately 'knowledge is power' but oh, it doesn't always help with my 'feelings'! And I feel kind of guilty for complaining because there you are with snow (!) and Jodi (way up in Nova Scotia) still has 3 feet of it (!) and ours is all melted! But it still feels like winter the 20's here this morning...and I'm just sick of it! Anyway, thanks for the mention and thanks for your friendship, as well. I am hoping you are not going to have to make any more hospital trips again anytime in the near (or distant) future;-)

  8. PS I LOVE your little tea set and the mini-daffs in the teapot are adorable! I studied Wordsworth in an English class and have always enjoyed many of his writings. Usually I cite his 'Daffodils' poem around this time of year. I've never read his poem about Snowdrops...thanks for introducing it to me;-) Speaking of which, I've just ordered my first-ever Snowdrops from Carolyn (above) and they should be arriving any day now. I'm excited to have some to plant in my garden and am glad I can associate a poem with those, too;-) Yay for Romantic poetry;-)

  9. Carolyn - Yes, you are right - my snowdrops are Galanthus woronowii. I bought them because they are very early ones and I need 'early' here.

    Jan - I am so sorry you are feeling 'down'. You can see from the comments above that we are all so tired of winter. Thank you for your kind wishes. I am sorry to say I have another hospitalization scheduled for March 14. Hopefully, the last. My cardiologist, my family, and I have come to the realization that meds don't work for my heart rhythm condition, so we have decided to try Atrial Fib ablation. It is a bit risky, especially at my age, but I cannot continue like this - going into the hospital every couple of weeks to be paddled/shocked back into normal rhythm. It is wonderful to know my blogging friends, including you, are rooting for me. P x

  10. The deer must have wondered why anyone would be wandering about in the cold but so glad you did and brought us your snowdrops and fat hellebores ready to burst. And thank you dear Pam for an enchanting post, collecting together our Spring blooming blotanists. This has been the darkest winter apparently here in the South-East of the UK and so I find relief in your charming teapot daffs.
    Laura x

  11. Hi Pam, yes, it is good to have each other. Our great garden blogging friends who are the only ones who will appreciate the photo we take of something barely peeking through the soil and probably has weeds surrounding it to make it even worse - mine anyway. LOL Only they would love this picture knowing something new will grow and mature and we look forward to the next picture.
    The deer looks so content - as much as we love them and their beauty I get so nervous knowing they are comfortable enough to bed down on our property to wait for the next meal. Guess they want to be first in line for the salad bar! Loved your post and pictures!!!

  12. Shoot I did it too - meant to tell you how I love the flowers you put in the teapot. What a great idea!!!

  13. How lovely to see your garden come to life. The deer, the snowdrops, hellebores ... What a joy!

  14. I will know it is spring here when I get a tick. I have seen tiny sprigs of green grass but we are way behind you. I loved the poetry you shared. Very suitable for a spring post.
    Cute decorating!

  15. Your capture of the deer is really good. I like seeing them not chomping the bulb plants. At least your Daffs are safe, being not too tasty. So nice to see a garden welcoming an early spring.

  16. That's good for you that spring is just around the corner. I don't know what I would do if I had to stop gardening for a season.

  17. Spring is finally coming Pam, I can feel it! I have a first bloom too, but you'll have to wait and see it on my blog!

  18. How exciting, Pam. I just love the time of year when the first little shoots start coming up. Your snowdrops are beautiful! I am looking forward to seeing your crocuses and daffodils as well.

    Mine are still quite below the snow!


  19. Delightful pictures as always. Those fat hellebore buds look good enough to eat.

  20. Flowers in a teapot is a lovely idea. You get to enjoy the daffodils, and the teapot, twice as much.

    Will be thinking of you around the 14th. Take courage.

  21. Hello. I found your blog through blotanical (new there. What a neat idea to plant daff's in a teapot. You have a lovely yard/home.


  22. The snow scenery is very beautiful. So nice to see the first signs of spring. Snowdrops and daffodils, butterflies and bees, all kinds of everything reminds me of you!

  23. Hellebore buds look like little bird's eggs! That teapot with flowers is very, very pretty! All the blooms are pretty, Pam!

  24. I love the idea of planting the mini daffodils in a teapot. It looks just delightful. Have a wonderful week!

  25. I agree Pam, It's time for the snow to go! Love the photos, especially the Chaste Snowdrops, They are really cute.

  26. Hi Pam, it's good you are now finished with winter, and the beautiful spring flowers are appearing. I love also those teapots turning into very nice flower vases. How lovely it is to stay in a big area like yours, which is really the real farm, in size and activities. How i wish i can visit those kind of farms!

  27. How pretty are the daffodils in the teapot, and how they brighten a room. I love the budding hellebores and all your other flowers. This has been a long winter; we just had another few inches of snow today, but I think it won't be too much longer before we are done with it. (Another month, maybe.) I haven't seen any deer around here lately; I hope they don't dine on any of your flowers. Thank you for sharing a breath of spring with me!