Just a Little Bit Longer

Mid-February. Can you see it? The sun’s peeking over the horizon just a little bit earlier and dipping behind the Peak just a little bit later. Honestly. Days are noticeably longer.

Look close! Bulbs coming up in Robb's Westside "Sleeping Bear Oasis" - photo by himself.

Depending on each garden’s location, and the microclimates within each garden, crocus and other early bulbs might be poking their first green tips into daylight. A few choice spots may even have some crocus or snowdrops blooming. These first appearances are triggered more by soil temperature than day length. If you keep a record of your first crocus, over the years you’ll find the date shifts from early February to well into the first week of March.

Two major factors govern early activity in the garden: Day length and temperature. Soil temperature, at this stage of the season, has a larger influence than day length or daily highs and lows. Fortunately, soil warms and cools more slowly, moderating the effects spikes and dips in the air can have on plants. This helps assure they show above ground at the right time.

Seeing green tips, but feeling anxious about the inevitable cold spells yet to come? Not to worry! Leaves programmed to emerge in early spring have a hefty dose of sugary antifreeze.

Relax and enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “Just a Little Bit Longer

  1. RakeMeBack says:

    First off I would like to say awesome blog!
    I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I’ve had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Thanks!

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you for visiting Sustainable Beauty and leaving a comment.

      It’s a little hard to resist questions, especially about two great loves: writing and gardening.

      I, like you, often don’t know where to begin… or HOW. The important thing seems to be: Begin. Just as there is no way to Peace, Peace is the way, there is no way to a creative endeavor, creative endeavors are the way. Secondly: Breathe. Writing is a physical experience. Our brains need oxygen, and the entire body is calmed in breath.

      I hope that helps.

      PS: I took a look at your blog and wished I could read… is it Korean?

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