That wonderful season here in central Wisconsin which can include spurious moments of snow sculpting (an excellent off season use of my gardening tools!)-- The Gardening Twins and I have been getting very good at carving out dragons from banks of snow pushed up in the yard after snowplowing. In addition to snow carving, Sprinter also includes time for indoor gardening under lights.
I wish I had a picture of the truly nice scaly 15' dragon we carved last week. Instead, oh frabjous joy! I have a picture of a teeny, tiny crocus!
|This crocus is incredibly tiny, maybe 1/2" in diameter and the palest yellow. Quite cute!|
|A little out of focus, but this is my hosta bed under my large white pine. Those two spots of bright yellow are crocuses. You can see I have a lot of clean-up from the ice storm. The white at the top is my deep ditch level with snow.|
|Sprinter is also the time to observe garden heaving, always a joyous occasion! Gardeners wishing to experience Sprinter heaving need to be sure to plant and transplant new plants in late Fall.|
|Sprinter winds bring dessication of evergreen plants like boxwood on foliage above the snow line.|
|Allium 'Summer Beauty' is a member of the allium family know for their use in Sprinter tonics and early Spring salads.|
|This established perennialized clump of tulips 'Ballade' is emerging. This might be a phenological indicator that Sprinter may be coming to an end in a few weeks. These tulips retain their red leave coloration throughout Sprinter.|
Sprinter always includes lots of flood warnings and wildlife living on the raised roads running through low-lying areas so be careful driving in these areas. We are forecast for a couple inches of rain on Thursday, but do not despair fellow snow sculptors! Many inches of plowable snow are forecast for Friday!