At this time of year, it might be winter one day and spring preview the next. I don't mind these smaller storms we're having, as they're easier to clean up. And everything coated with snow can make a beautiful landscape.
When the snow melts, and I walk outside, I can catch tiny signs of spring. Just a bit of green at the base of catnip or comfrey. And although they're small, when witch hazel blooms like this in February, it's quite a ahow.
And, inside, it's easy to see that spring is approaching. The basement is filling up with seedlings, and even when they're small, each plant's individual characteristics start to develop. Soon, I'll start potting plants in the greenhouse, and spring will be in full swing!
So far, we've made it through the winter storms with no problems. The small snowfalls were easy to clean up. This last storm sounded more ominous, but didn't develop as advertised. We had only a coating of snow, a very brief period of sleet, and then mostly rain. The yard is soggy again.
The shop is open winter hours in January, February and March; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. It's a great time of year to plan your garden, read about herbs or try a new herbal project. We have ideas and materials you need in the shop!
I always describe January as our slow time. But, I'm working on spring writing, organizing the shop and now, weekly seeding for the spring season. It is such a pleasure to go to the basement when the wind is howling, temperatures are dropping, and the sun shines only feebly, and see tiny seedlings growing.
They are tiny now, but they'll be sturdy little plants by spring!