A little sign of hope. A reason to go on. Support for the belief that at some point in the not-too-distant future, winter will go and spring will get here. A bit premature I will allow. Especially here in upstate NY. Today is the first of February and we have weeks of wintry weather still to come.
For me though, once January has bowed out, I consider winter to be on the run. So, I went out this past week, to see if I could find anything to indicate that the snow will melt, the daylilies and hostas will begin to rise and I will have to start weeding. Hostas and daylilies, being very sensible, are still firmly tucked underground. But I did find a few other green things in my short walk around the yard.
Moss. This stays green no matter what I think. There are mosses in glaciers and above the tree line in Siberia probably, so it being in my yard in January is not really that big a deal. It’s green though, so here it is.
Holly stays green all winter. This is part of a line of lady holly plants we put in 4 or 5 years ago. They have lived a barren and lonely existence up till now. See – all green with no bright red berries? They have been spinsters, with no male holly bush to flirt with. I finally got them a boyfriend last fall, so they should be much happier now. They are right in front of the house though, so I hope the neighbors don’t talk.
And this morning, the whole shootin match is buried in snow and ice again. Still – it is the 1st of February…