Forcing Spring: GBBD, February 2011
By mid-February, even winter lovers like me can feel a bit tired of winter and start yearning for spring. In my Maine garden, still in the depths of winter and tucked away under a thick blanket of snow, that yearning would be premature. But here on the Mason-Dixon line in south central Pennsylvania, there are signs of spring.
Last week, the temperatures got above freezing every day and the snow began to slowly melt. By late in the week, the patio was completely clear and the back lawn was beginning to appear at the receding edge of the snow. And then yesterday, temperatures climbed up into the 50s (F), and warm air combined with what the local television meteorologist called “snow-eating” winds to effect dramatic melting. Today, my south facing back yard has only patches of snow, and I can see tufts of wild onion grass at the edges of the patio.
The forsythia growing here seems to be a different variety from what I have in Maine. My forced forsythia photos from last year (Spring Indoors: GBBD, March 2010) show flowers that are a bright golden yellow. These are a softer yellow with hints of green. Each variety is well-suited to its environment. In Maine, where winter is much longer, my yearning for color is more intense and therefore better satisfied by an intense, saturated yellow. In southern Pennsylvania, where winter is gentler and spring arrives on soft, mild breezes, a soft yellow is a perfect harbinger of the approaching season.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Please visit her blog to see February blooms from gardens around the world.