It's been a week for weather! We had some of the white stuff above -- twice snowfall warnings were issued and then canceled, with only this quickly-disappearing near-miss to remind us of February's potential.
Then we had clear, windy, cold . . .
and colder -- the goldfish are safely tucked away under a skin of ice. . . .
And in all that cold, bright, February sunshine, everything sparkles, especially the miniature iris, my favourite, that's sprung up among the croci.
and in every corner of the garden, hellebores in pinks and maroons and whites are opening their nodding bells
and whorls of foliage thrust themselves out of their hiding places, as with these Sedum spectabile Autumn joy
The flower buds of this twiggy Daphne mezereum "had me at hello" as the expression goes -- even before they've opened to fuller floral glory and their delicious scent, the concentration of their lipstick-violet hues earns their space in my spring garden.
Every day now, I know, new leaves will be opening, new shoots pushing through the soil. Soon it will be time to get out there and work in the earth, and not a moment too soon!
Meanwhile, though, if you're still cocooning in winter and you have a minute, pop over to my other blog and read my post about finding time for reading. I'm trying to answer this query from commenter Hope and I welcome any of your suggestions: As a mom to two young kids (4 and 2), I've only just begun getting back into regular reading in the last 6 months or so. Though, it is a big challenge, I find that it helps to keep me from losing myself in being a mother and wife. I was always an avid reader as a child and thoughout my adolescence. My question to you is how do you make time for it with your busy schedule? And how did you make time for it as your kids were growing, particularly when they were young and in those demanding years?