another winter day

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Chess the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you some moderately interesting news from our garden. You may remember me from such moderately interesting posts as “Something From Nothing” and “Nothing Much To Do”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose. Rather dreamy, don’t you think?15021013I couldn’t think of a title for today’s post, so I came up with the ultra-original one that you see. It is, in fact, another winter day. This is how our garden looks in a typical winter. (If there is such a thing.)15021002


Things are pretty quiet around here, or at least they were, before the guy I live with saw this

Crocus korolkowii 'Lemon Tiger'

Crocus korolkowii ‘Lemon Tiger’

and went all crazy on me.

Then he saw these, and went even crazier.

Crocus tommasinianus

Crocus tommasinianus

He noticed these crocuses because he was out ogling the snowdrops. He claims that few other flowers are as joyful. I guess. I spend most of my time napping, which is excellent.


Sutton Courtenay

Sutton Courtenay

There’s really not much going on here other than that.

Oh, well, there are more snowdrops than just the one I showed above.








Snowdrops. Well, as you can tell. There’s a lot of talk about making room for more, but that’s usually a cue for me to start another nap.15021001


Until next time, then.

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24 Responses to another winter day

  1. Your yard, Chess, may say winter, but the delicate blue sky says spring. Lemon Tiger crocus is the very definition of lemon yellow and worth getting excited about. My crocus, not so much. I read somewhere crocus does not bloom the first year in the ground, and if that be true mine are running true to form. Or maybe what I remember as crocus is really a robust chive patch. Talk of making more ground for snowdrops should be followed through. Look at what the guy you live with already has going, he’s obviously got a touch. The world can always use more magnificence. Your starting-another-nap look, Chess, is utterly gladdening. I am captivated by your natural charm. Thank the guy for getting down flat on the floor today to give us your portrait.

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks; I am rather naturally charming… The guy I live with was looking at CITES permits—just out of curiosity–and wondering why so many spaces have to be filled out for what are, after all, garden plants and not things stolen from the wild. very peculiar.

  2. Barb K says:

    Those snowdrops are as lovely as anything I’ve seen, except maybe you Chess. In a different way.

  3. bittster says:

    I kind of like those little white flowers. They’re nice.
    This guy here is gritting his teeth to see Lapwing and Sutton Courtney growing so well. He tried to order them two or three years ago but they were sold out. Now he knows where they went….

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with says the early bird gets the snowdrop. Judging from the fervor displayed at snowdrop sales in the U.K., he said we might move there, and he would get a job (despite saying he’d never do that again) as an acquirer of snowdrops. That is, someone who barges his way through the crowd and grabs everything, like he does at plant sales here. He has experience with such things. The printed card might say “Discreet acquisition of snowdrops a speciality.”

  4. petabunn says:

    So Dreamboat, a typical winter (if there is such a thing) doesn’t have snow, is that correct. It’s good to see flowers showing their heads now and the profuse snowdrops are beguiling as you are. I do love them. I realised the other day that it will be your birthday soon, won’t it, or are we confused down here. I will be seven in another month Chess and still acting like a two year old, c’est la vie.

    • paridevita says:

      A typical winter here has snow off and on. One winter we counted over one hundred separate snowfalls, but that was October through April or May. It’s supposed to snow tonight. Weird, gross winters have snow all winter long. But very cold temperatures, which come from the Arctic, almost always are accompanied by snow, so the plants are insulated. (The cold blast we had in November caused some damage, because some plants didn’t have time to acclimate.) It is indeed true that it will be my birthday soon. Next month.

  5. Loree says:

    Best Chess picture ever! (That dreamy one at the top)

  6. Chess, I hope you can answer a question for me. What do snowdrops smell like to you?

    • paridevita says:

      That’s a good question. There’s only one clump I can smell, because most of them are on the other side of the gate, but sort of like honey, but not really. Honey-like.

  7. Rekha says:

    Hi dreamy Chess, say Wow to Lemon Tiger crocus. 🙂

  8. vivianswift says:

    What a dreamboat! And the crocuses and snowdrops are pretty dreamy too. If I remember correctly, Beverly Nichols invented a way to exhibit snowdrops in a vase so as to best display their beauty, which he said was hidden from human-height viewing by the flower’s morphology. You guy has it right: snowdrops are meant to be appreciated from the ground up.
    I hope your nose feels nosey today. Maybe someone smooched it all better?

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks, my nose might be better today. I don’t know anything about cut flowers. My mommy liked to do that, though the guy I live with frowned on it, but he liked her so much he let her do pretty much whatever she wanted.
      Graham Stuart Thomas said “if they flowered at midsummer we should not accord much enthusiasm to snowdrops, but in the earliest months they are specially welcome, and a study of their leaf colours from grey to shining rich green, the vernation, and flower variations provide a lot of interest.” (Vernation is the way the leaves unfold.)

  9. mk10pl says:

    A Border Collie! Oh how beautiful 🙂 Best kind of dog in the WHOLE WORLD! I used to have one when I was younger, and most certainly will get one once I have a big enough place of my own!

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks; without seeming immodest, I think I would have to agree. I would point out that when the guy I live with started this blog, all gloomy and serious and stuff, it wasn’t nearly as good as it is now. So that says a lot.

  10. Deborah S. Farrell says:

    I enjoy seeing the drifts of snowdrops much more than snow drifts, if you get my drift. (February seems to do that to my brain.)

  11. Wow, I have such snowdrop envy. Mine are just dwindly. I don’t have any fancy ones, just wish plain old Galanthus elwesii would make clumps like that instead of being all onesy even after four years.

    • paridevita says:

      There aren’t too many fancy ones here, though if the guy I live with had more money (donations accepted), there would be lots of fancy ones. One thing that’s supposed to help is to feed the ‘drops with a tomato-type fertilizer about the time they set seed. Or an onion fertilizer. Never knew there was such a thing, until someone wrote about it, but there is.

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