A Strange and Wonderful Winter

This winter in North Dakota has so far, been wierd.  We have had no snow, other than a sprinkling here and there. Normally, by now the plants would be nested under a luscious thick eiderdown cover of several feet of dry, fluffy snow, impervious to the harsh blowing winds, freezing rain, and temperate 40 degree sunny days. I ventured out on a sunny day, and here are a few of my beauties, laboring to survive the odd climatic events swirling around them.  Their journey this winter will be a true test to their tenacity to survive in a changing world zone of 4 going on 5, with an occasional zone 3 thrown in to keep everthing slightly confused.

Dianthus

Dianthus

Crisp herbs

Crisp herbs

I am currently reading In a Gloucestershire Garden written in 1896 by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe (1821-1916). He was the Vicar of Bitton, and Honorary Canon of Bristol. A poem, apparently written by him, appears at the beginning of the book,

“An envious, sneaping frost, that bites the first born infants in the spring.”

This so aptly speaks to the early ND winter season of 2012.

Beauty still visible in a fading Heuchera

Beauty still visible in a fading Heuchera

Epimedium 'Bandit'

Epimedium 'Bandit'

As I watch my garden during this odd winter, it is comforting to know many others, in times gone by, have also watched their cherished gardens, and left their written record for us to enjoy.  I have found many glimpses into other lives by accessing the wonderful, free downloads so kindly placed for us on the http://www.archive.org and the direct link for the book I mentioned above is http://www.archive.org/details/ingloucestershir00ellarich . Exploring this free internet archive provides a careful searcher with delictable insights into other times and places. I particulary like the ‘text’ tab, and use it often during my research.

How is your garden surviving this odd winter?  And how are you coping with keeping your mind nimble and engaged?

One thought on “A Strange and Wonderful Winter

  1. It has been a crazy winter hasn’t it. I too am an ND gardener & the weather makes me think it is April instead of Jan. I’m cruising the net today looking at blogs & dreaming of spring. :)

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