My poor snowdrops - they came out on schedule for Imbolc at the beginning of Feb, when a 2-ft dump of snow finally started to melt, but then another 18 inches came down and they were buried again for a couple of weeks.  They were out again a few days ago, kinda despondent and stunted, and now another couple of inches have re-buried them.

Someone on a local Facebook group suggested that we locals should use our snowed-in time to do some art.  He led the way with a crude (in technique) cartoon.  I thought about doing something - I used to be able to draw pretty well.  But in the end I was too lazy - I printed a photo from the internet, and glued it onto some cardboard along with a Brigid's cross.  To celebrate Imbolc.

Which by the calendar was Feb. 1 (or 2). 

But I don't like strict adherence to the calendar.  For one thing, putting the cross-quarter sabbats on the first of the month means they're not neatly halfway between the solstice and equinox.  But more importantly, while the solstices and equinoxes (sun events) are precise to the nano-second, the cross-quarters (earth celebrations) are vaguer, being whenever we see results of what the sun had been doing.  So the days have been growing longer since Yule, the winter solstice, but it's really only at Imbolc that we can count on feeling/seeing some beginnings of spring. At least here (back east Imbolc was just another blizzard day). 

Not so much this year.

In fact we were so socked-in that our little local group cancelled our Imbolc celebration.  (A couple were were sick, one couldn't get out of her driveway, another didn't want to drive into town down a dark snowy mountain highway, and my street was such that there was no parking anyway.)  So I unilaterally declared that Imbolc hadn't really arrived.  Waiting for robins and snowdrops, even crocus, or at least no more damned heaps of snow and icy streets.

Therefore, doing an Imbolc art project in the middle-to-end of February seemed not at all out of time.

A little candle magic - COME ON SUN!

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Comment by tr ig on February 26, 2017 at 5:03pm

Art is art right .. but Imbolc you say?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 26, 2017 at 5:31pm

Next thing you know the Green Ratpack Zombies will start roaming the gloamin', drinking highballs and singing the Blues:

Comment by nerd cred on February 26, 2017 at 5:43pm

So what you're saying is stupid winter and art, right? I like the art.

We didn't get our 12", btw. Or the rain that was supposed to precede it. Dry as a bone. Colder but dry. I don't know if climate change means it will keep changing or if it will change and settle on something.

And our old snow is long gone along with its insulation.

But Happy Imbolc if that's appropriate and still hoping for Spring.

Comment by greenheron on February 26, 2017 at 6:19pm

Exact same thing happened to my snowdrops, this year AND last year. They have a become a blink or you'll miss em fleeting spring treat.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 26, 2017 at 6:28pm

What's a Snowdrop?

Comment by greenheron on February 26, 2017 at 6:45pm

You are in Zone 5? You should have them. Perhaps they've all kicked and you missed them.

Comment by Myriad on February 26, 2017 at 7:55pm

What kind of life is that - the snowdrops.  Push up in the cold, get dumped on, are there for a short time (how do they get pollinated?  No bugs yet), and go dormant.  Found their niche where they get no competition, I guess, but still...

Comment by tr ig on February 26, 2017 at 8:06pm

big ass ratpack isn't it JMac

Comment by nanatehay on February 26, 2017 at 8:37pm

I'm sorry that happened.  


Don't know if we get snowdrops here, although near as I can tell there is no other bulb, corm, rhizome, perennial flower, annual flower, deciduous tree, coniferous tree, evergreen, bush, vine, cactus, herb, grain, vegetable, root vegetable, fruit, berry, nut, fern, tree fern, tree cactus, cactus vine, palm tree, cycad, orchid, sedge, grass, cane, reed, rush, moss, lichen, algae, fungus, epiphyte, succulent, shrub, subshrub, carnivorous plant, ground cover or 7 foot tall mutant street begonia known to mankind that doesn't thrive in the area in considerable quantity. The weird thing, though, is that I'm looking right now at ripe citrus on the trees next to me and a bush across the street is covered in amazing tropical magenta blossoms of some kind, yet it's colder than a well digger's butt 'round here - go, candle magic! 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 27, 2017 at 6:08am

We're experiencing a perfectly gentle transition from quasi winter to spring.  I'm not stupid enough to think there won't be any more cold days or even snow, but we're definitely warming up and the grass is starting to green depending on how much sun breaks on what area.  I hear the woodpecker who is the bane of my existance - he pecks at our house because it's shingled cedar and of course we have ants, because ants are everywhere in various forms.  I've had reflectors put up as well as an big ugly plastic owl but this is a cagey creature and we may have to resort to radical measures. 

Anyway, fingers crossed the snow is done with.   Also that that noisy fucker drops dead of who cares what.


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