The first crocuses are bravely putting on their show, so it’s time for the snowmen to go! Since early November, three wooden snowmen with their jaunty red scarves have decorated the front garden (above) and the potager’s front borders.
Through rainy storms, hail and snow they have manned their posts, always smiling. I always smile back. Maybe it’s their cute carrot-y noses. But with the arrival of the crocuses, Mother Nature has signaled that it’s time for change, so I carry the snowmen back to the pole barn. Their red scarves are removed for safe storage in the house, and they lean against the barn wall, covered with plastic to protect them from curious, messy birds until the gardens are frozen and bare again next autumn.
The gardens look a bit bleak right now, but soon the dwarf iris, daffodils, species tulips and other bulbs will join the crocuses to make a carpet of color. That, too, will make me smile.