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Snowdrops in the forecast?


At 6:20am today I awoke to the sound of birds chirping outside our bedroom window. Delightful! My view of the sunrise from our bed was nothing less than spectacular: oranges, pinks, and grays. I rolled out of bed and grabbed my camera, wanting to capture this moment in time. Reaching the window, and raising the camera to my eye to frame the shot, I notice the driveway no longer shows any sign of the blacktop that had been there when I went to sleep. The entire yard is white with snow. Shaking my head, I take another look. The snow is still there. How could this be? Spring starts in two days. The weather channel never mentioned any chance of precipitation, let alone snow in their forecast last evening! However, snow is predicted for Friday, the first day of spring. Winter doesn’t want to retire.

Normally at this time of year, snowdrops greet me each time I walk in or out of the front door. Not this year. I am waiting, not so patiently at this point for the snowdrops to peek their heads out of the ground, or for any sign of my spring bulbs. Most are buried under the biggest snow piles in our yard.


Planting Fields Arboretum

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is an arboretum and state park covering over 400 acres, located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd. in the Village of Upper Brookville in the town of Oyster Bay, New York 11771.

This year’s Annual Camellia House Weekend was last Saturday, February 21st and Sunday, February 22nd 11:00am – 4:00pm. It featured live music, walking tours of the Camellia House and activities for children. Coe Hall was open for self-guided visits. All activities inside the Camellia House were free.

The gorgeous camellias offer a respite from the harsh snowy winter, promising that spring is on the way. In a word, incredible!

Mark it on your calendar for next year -rain or shine. Check their website  for events throughout the year.