Welcome Snow Drops beside our home. Image by Esther Harrison.
“You are a most welcome sight, beloved snow drops!” I exclaim joyfully. The first signs of spring are upon us, and peeking out of the ground is solid proof. They’re a little late coming up this year, but I say better late than never. Usually, by the middle of January, those sweet and lovely little snow lilies (or snow drops) poke up through the snow. This year, they cheerfully announced themselves the first week of February, just before another couple of snow dumps. Have a look.
Seeing these delightful little flowers absolutely warms my heart. They are such a welcome sight. I planted their bulbs along the entire length of the west side of our home.
Worst Winter Ever!
Readers must know that it has been one of the worst winters ever, since my arrival in Vancouver, B.C. in 2003. We were deluged with about two feet of snow at one point, and right now there is about a foot of the white stuff remaining. Yes, I realize that prairie folk laugh at us, but you must remember that you live on flat land and we live on mountainous terrain.
Remembering what it’s like to drive in the prairies — it seems you prairie folk drive on the snow there. Here, it freezes and thaws and freezes again, creating ice — so we must drive with caution on ice — not snow. Additionally, many people here don’t know how to drive in the ice or the snow. Strangely, many people in our fair province don’t use snow tires in the winter, either. Sadly, some people with four-wheel drive vehicles think their vehicle knows what to do in the snow. Unfortunately, some of those folks learn the hard way that their vehicles don’t really have their own intelligence. One last thing — some folks live on sloped land here. Once you start sliding, you are on the move till you hit bottom. Oops, I digress.
Beyond the Welcome Snow Drops
Thankfully, the temperatures have warmed and the snow is currently melting. On the days when it rains, the rate of melting nearly doubles, it seems. These welcome little snow drops are planted right beside our home, so they have a lovely and warm location. They also get some of the most welcome afternoon sun, if it appears.
I love how prolific snow lilies are. They appear to double in number each year. The other thing I cherish about them is once they are finished growing and blooming for the year, they sleep till the next spring while other bulbs pop up all around them. In this same flower bed I grow crocus, daffodils, and tulips. Then, when the bulbs are finished, up pop the white Alyssums and the pink Snap Dragons, which bloom happily till freeze-up. I wonder if the flowers know how much they are appreciated. I wonder if they know how much joy and pleasure they bring to my life each year. I suspect they do!
Surviving Winter Blues
Throughout the winter, I have been making a point of getting outside every day and going for a walk around the neighborhood in my efforts to survive the winter blues. Sadly, we don’t get much sun in winter. Some days, we take a drive to Central Park or Deer Lake Park and stroll the paths there. We enjoy watching the geese, ducks, loons, and other wild life. Once we were gifted with a preening Great Blue Heron! If the sun is out, the walk is especially enjoyable because the sun is such a welcome offering from nature.
Indeed, I’m looking forward to the summer. Last year I planted a group of another kind of lily that I adore — the Lily of the Valley. They bloom later in the season, but I’m eager to see them thrive this year. I used to have those little lovelies once upon a time when I lived in Lethbridge, Alberta. I miss their cheerful faces.
I still want to make room somewhere in my yard for Purple Lilacs. Those are among my many favorite flowers.
Back to the welcome appearance of the snow drops. When I see their lovely little faces, I know I have safely survived another winter. Yes, I do find winters kind of challenging.
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