Monday, March 4, 2013

What Lies Beneath The Snow

It took four days to pile up. Three quarters of it was gone in one.

And when it was gone, there were more crocus there than when it began.

The scenic byway defines a very distinct melt line. Luckily I live on the sunnier side of things.

As the days continue to lengthen, the bulbs begin to get antsy. Their patience wears thin. They must grow despite the snows.

The next round approaches. The diagnosis is actually calling for a heavy snow this time. The bulbs will be buried again.


Barry said...

I wonder if the cytoplasm in the cells of those plants is acting like antifreeze to prevent intracellular ice crystal fornation - is that what determines hardiness? Yes, I need a botany extension course!

Christopher C. NC said...

It is a light (day length) and temperature driven chemical process of some sort no doubt and that is enough for me to know.

Barry said...

Chris, you got it right. Here's a link that shows the prof at rhe Arnold Arboretum at Harvard speculates on the question:
I like your answer better.

Lola said...

Sure hope it doesn't get bad. Those little crocus sure have stamina.

Dianne said...

I sure hope it misses us or stays as rain, but given the end of the week forecast, it will not be with us long.