Two weeks ago it looked like Spring was “right around the corner!” I even raked some leaves off a strawberry bed and worked on some over-wintering salad greens. Then Vermont reminded me of something I know—and often tell others is true—that April here is still winter. More snow, more cold weather, more gray, bitter cold days. Not easy, even for someone who, like me, is basically eternally optimistic.
Our yard is a hillside that faces north so my point of view, of a foot of snow in most places, is even more jaded than that of many this time of year! Yesterday I found one glory-of-the-snow flower opening, tiny and brave and just a bit sad. And a few tulips poking through the dirty, crusty snow. I know there will be more—soon—and in a week or two all this will be forgotten with the glory of blooms, bees and sunshine.
But yesterday I bought some Cate Farm lettuce starts at the Coop, potted them up and put the on the dinner table as our “floral centerpiece!” If I can’t have it happen outside yet, let’s have some Spring inside.
Happy Spring! This is what it looks like sometimes in Vermont.