|Garden. Vernal Equinox 2013|
Yesterday afternoon, however, an equinoctial storm began which over the course of the night and early morning deposited a good foot of snow across our part of central Maine. I parked the car at the road end of the driveway yesterday, expecting more than the Subaru could easily handle and knowing that I needed to be in town at 6 AM. I should have grabbed my snowshoes before taking flashlight in hand to begin my commute! We got a good foot of snow and some drifting. The town plow and filled the 5' deep area between the car and the road full up to the poor thing's "eyeballs." My tiny toy shovel that I had carried down with me threatened to break, but carefully and quickly I shoveled out the majority of the plow pile, taking tiny "bites" with the shovel at the pace of a crazed gerbil shredding paper. I was almost done when a neighbor on his way to work honked to alert me, put down the plow on the front of his pickup and swerved in to take one quick pass, clearing the remainder of the drive. After that, the rest of the commute was a breeze.
While we don't have plants awakening for spring in the great outdoors, the forsythia that I brought in a couple of weeks ago chose today to begin opening their buds! So, on my altar at least, spring has sprung!
|Giving new meaning to "kitchen garden..."|
I toasted the change of the season with a glass of mead and tomorrow will seed cabbages and their kin. Spring IS on its way! Here in our part of Maine, our AVERAGE frost free date is May 15; snow in April is not uncommon, though it never sticks around long. Weather records indicate that we have had snow in mid-May. One must always stay in tune with the actual climate and weather conditions, and not forget the meaning of the word "average."