A Beautiful Spring Morning in Salisbury, MD. Depending on where you woke up on the Peninsula this morning, you saw a beautiful snowfall ranging from a dusting to a little over an inch. It is a rare occasion that we get to see a willow tree, with every leaf on its graceful hanging branches coated with a glistening coat of fresh white snow. This morning was quite a treat for gardener/photographers!
Granny Griffith bagged church and scuffed about the yard in her red wellies, photographing the unexpected. There were the forsythias with their graceful branches drooping low to the ground under the weight of the wet snow. The bird feeders, with their snowy caps were still serving up suet treats for her tiny feathered friends. The daffodils, with bowed heads, and the pansies, fully upright, were like colorful jewels scattered about the white carpeted lawn. The red cup of the one lone tulip which had opened Saturday was filled to the brim with snow. The fruit trees, in varying stages of blossoming, were sights to behold.
Fortunately, the temperatures didn't drop below freezing so damage to early bloomers isn't likely. The snow was heavy and wet….perfect for a bit of snowball tossing and the making of mini-snowmen by the neighborhood little ones. It was, according to the Gardening Grannies, an absolutely perfect snowfall because 1) there wasn't enough of it to cause cancellations, 2) it didn't lay on the roads, 3) it didn't have to be shoveled, 4) it didn't break down the tender spring growth, 5) it wasn't real cold and 6) it was gone before noon. Can't get much better than that!
Was this early spring treat the "onion snow" or just some late winter antics? The Gardening Grannies will share their thoughts on that next time.
Gardening Grannies, a group of avid and Master Gardeners, live, love and garden on the Delmarva Peninsula. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.