Today’s photos come from Susan Rand, who has a bone to pick with spring.
We’ve lived and gardened in Colorado (Zone 5) for 36 years, and I’ve learned never to say, “I can’t wait for spring,” because that means several feet of wet, heavy snow, as you can see from the photos of my gardens taken in March, April, and May.
Grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum, Zones 4–9) have managed to power through the snow to still look amazing.
This little Japanese maple is still dormant and so won’t be damaged by all the cold, wet stuff piled on top of it.
The bright yellow color of this little male goldfinch indicates that he’s ready for breeding season, but it looks like the weather has other plans.
A container of tulips bowing under the snow. Many early spring bulbs can handle cold weather just fine but can be damaged by the weight of a late snowfall. If you fear a late cold snap or snowstorm, you can always cut your tulips and enjoy them inside in the safety of a vase.
Tulips and daffodils standing tall and strong despite the odds. Plants are tough, and most of our common spring bulbs are derived from species native to areas with extreme weather. They sometimes handle the fickle nature of spring better than we do.
As frustrating as it can be, the snow is very beautiful. The fresh pink of these tulips looks all the better for the stark white backdrop all around them.
The garden wrapped in snow is beautiful. But by this time of the year, most of us are ready to see the last of it!
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