Winter is not over yet. It is nature's April Fool's joke on us. Except being nature the date of April 1st is not really important. It is after all April and that qualifies. I remember in high school around April 21st (because it was very close to my brother's birthday) we had over 1/2" of snow on the ground when we got up in the morning. It was melted by lunchtime.
Today we had between 8-9 inches of snow. I can't remember that much snow this far into April in the past. I noticed yesterday morning there were a few white crocus blooms starting to bloom. Just enough to see the white but not enough to be able to photograph. Don't worry, they will be okay, after all they aren't referred to as "Snow Crocus" for no reason.
Sometimes I take a bit of a beating for not cleaning my flower gardens in the fall. But there are a few reasons to leave them. It can add character and sometimes color to a garden in the winter. For perennials, leaving the green on top as long as possible helps build the root structure. Other perennials self seed and if you cut them down, you maybe getting rid of the seed too early. Leaving them up if those seeds don't drop throughout the fall and winter they make a wonderful bird feeder.
There is something particularly sad about seeing a snow bank that you can barely step over on April 11th. The sidewalk is under there someplace. I might see it by the end of next week.
There is "no parking" on this block from 2 am to 6 am from Nov 1st through April 1st. Are you laughing yet? Yeah, go ahead and just try to park here. We do have a wide street but common sense went out the window with this snowstorm and there were several people that parked in places that people had to go over the center line in order to get by the parked cars. So hopefully you don't meet an oncoming car.
Not everyone was upset about the snow. The puppies loved it despite the fact that it was almost deeper than they were tall.
|Bird Feeding "Naturally"|
|I just got rid of this HUGE bank|
|Oh, just park in the middle of the road.|