March Is The New February

“In winter, there will be snow for months on end. In the summer, there are the long evenings to enjoy.”~Magnus Carlsen


This is not a complaining post or a rant.  It is just the reality of our weather here in the Northeast and especially central NY State.  March came in like a lamb, although many believed it was lion-like because the first Nor’easter storm hit on March 2nd.  It dumped 1.5 feet of snow on us and we were among the lucky.  The next Nor’easter came days later and was not a direct hit, but the winds wrapped around, as they do, and dumped .5 feet of lake effect snow.



When we heard a new storm was coming last week, making it 3 nor’easters in 10 days, we were in shock.  We had a mild hit of .5 feet in a day and a half, but the lake effect slammed us for almost 2 days dumping nearly 2 more feet of snow.  And tomorrow another nor’easter is forecast just in time for the Vernal Equinox.  It is an unprecedented 4th such storm in one month setting a record I could do without.  Who knows how much snow we will get, but you can be sure, we will get snow.  And even if we escape heavy snow, it is frigid cold here with February temps in the teens and 20s.

To say I am dejected, despondent and just plain ticked is putting it mildly.  Yes, this snow will all melt eventually, but we are in desperate need of some warm weather and a seasonal shift.



Our winter can be harsh and even though we know this, 4 months of snow and cold can wear on one.  So when March comes around we expect chilly temps and some rain, snow, ice mixes.  But not 4 or more feet of snow and temps in the teens and 20s.

But I knew, I just knew we were in for it when February was so very warm and the entire garden thawed.  You see winter does not like to be cheated.  So it is exacting its due now, which is why I am saying, March is the new February.  I don’t expect to see spring weather or flowers until April, likely mid-April.  And the garden will be flooded for most of April, with the garden work and clean up delayed.



We are all waiting impatiently for spring weather to arrive…even though we keep seeing the subtle signs of spring, many buried under the snow now.  The deer have been spotted with their winter coats starting to turn ratty and changing.  Songbirds are still around, but they are mostly huddled in large groups in the wild waiting for the ground to be free of snow so they can begin to set up their spring-summer homes.  Yes we are all on hold.



I am not sure what everyone else is doing, but I am cleaning and clutter clearing my house.  Not waiting for spring officially, as once the weather shifts, I will be out in the garden working and just drinking in thrill of the much-anticipated seasonal shift.



I thought I would include a poem I wrote a few years ago when spring was delayed, and the snow just wouldn’t stop.


Snow Go!

O Woe,

There’s still snow.

Spring should be here, but the snow won’t go.

O So,

It’s too slow.

For March has come, and the garden wants to grow.

Go Go,

It’s time for you snow,

To leave us behind, and let the warm winds blow.

O Ho,

The bright sun glows.

Chasing the cold from the soil below.

Grow Grow,

For it’s time to sow.

The new life in the garden has now begun to flow.

© Donna Donabella 2015


How is your March weather and garden shaping up?  Has spring arrived for you?


This is one of the last hippeastrum bulbs to bloom.  It is huge and sports 2 long stems with 5-6 flowers each.  It has lasted for weeks and has brought me great joy, not to mention color.



Red is more of a February color, but I love the rich, deep color of these blooms….the tops with streaks of very dark red almost black.  And the veining of dark red makes them a unique red hippeastrum compared to others I have seen.



The flowers are huge and opened so wide even as the snow was piling up outside.



This one is called, ‘Miracle.’  And I would say it lived up to its name.  I decided not to cut these flowers and put it in a vase as they were just perfect left to grow on their long stems.


I am joining Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful In A Vase on Monday meme. The pictures shared here were created with my iPod Touch camera and two free apps, Pixlr and Prisma.

I am posting poetry, almost weekly on Sundays, on my other blog, Living From Happiness.  You can read my latest poem hereabout my yearnings for spring.

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