Just a handful of days ago the daffodils were still under deep snow. They first popped out of the ground in December. I’ve never seen daffodils send up their shoots so early. I was afraid what the snow and deep freeze would do to them. But the deep, soft snow protected the daffodils from the bitter cold. And when Spring pushed Winter aside, the snow melted, the daffodils reappeared as if nothing had happened.
I guess we were lucky so much soft snow fell before it turned bitter cold. A foot of soft, fluffy snow is like a thick down blanket, keeping tender shoots from the damaging cold.
The heavy snow felled a number of trees. I’ll be busy with the chain saw for several months cleaning up the damage. It’s time to keep the chainsaw in good condition and the axes sharp.
The snow flattened swaths of Thimble Berry and Salmon Berry bushes. Many of the bamboo snapped in two.
Will Spring stay? Is Winter really gone? I doubt it. It’s only the middle of January. Still, it’s no longer pitch black at 4:30 in the afternoon. The days are already noticeably longer. Spring is more present each day.