doodle by andre: s.o.s. from the tundra

shelter by andreONE FRIEND flew to Hawaii this week, another to Florida. Me? I’m staying put (but seeking professional help). Thanks to some of doodler Andre Jordan’s greatest hits on the theme of gardeners in winter, I’m also smiling.

thesnowmenyouhaveknownTruth be told, with single-digit and below-zero nights, any resident snowmen are doing just fine. It’s the gardener who is ready for treatment about now.

Lesspretty“Not again” is right, but it’s not how the snow looks. It’s what it weighs. Shoveling three times a day, as was needed yesterday, makes my wonky right shoulder angry–the same shoulder I want to have in prime shape for when it all melts, and I get to rake and rake and rake instead. And then mow and mow and mow, and weed and weed and weed.

You know: when gardening season returns. It will return. It will.

How are you all faring in your personal winter wonderlands?

  1. Olivia says:

    I help plan a community garden and I can barely stop myself from venturing out to see how the garden looks. Really what do I expect, it is covered with snow. Still, I have been dreaming about tours that I cannot take and English gardens. I cannot winter sow because the ground is covered with snow and ice.
    What’s a gardener to do – a good book, a bright fire, gardening catalogs and a stiff drink of port. Alleluia

  2. mikeinportc says:

    I broke down, & went digital, hoping that the new camera would be a prod to go out, & wander around. It has worked. Not the only reason to get the camera, but the reason for the timing of it. :)

  3. Jan says:

    I am here in Honduras for a snorkeling vacation, where we are having fierce non-stop tropical storms. Frustrated here as much as I would be not gardening at home at the Jersey Shore. Does it matter where you are if you can’t get outdoors?? Jan

    1. margaret says:

      Oh, dear, Jan, that stinks. Sorry. I’d be extra-frustrated by having traveled to be a shut in; have sort of gotten used to it this last month or so at home, with the local weather pattern!

  4. Linda says:

    LOL I like your cartoons! I remember cabin fever and how I felt the weight of the snow that piled around us and on us in Alaska. I wondered with a sigh, everytime I looked out the window, if my bleeding hearts in the garden would survive. They did and so did I. Hope spring comes for you soon!!!.

  5. Donna Frankiewicz says:

    We’re all in this together. Getting twitchy every time a new seed catalog arrives, watching the weather pattern hoping the next big storm is the last. It’s not. It’s the middle of February. Keep dreaming <3

  6. Deborah long says:

    First winter in Sw Michigan! The snow is breathtaking on the woods out back. Probably need a sensible car because of the ice. Definitely looking forward to spring but still in awe of the trees!!

  7. Debbie says:

    I’m looking at a three foot deep pile of snow outside my window. When it isn’t falling, it’s blowing around and drifing. There are still too many nights with temperatures well below zero, so I have been spending my time on the internet browsing gardening sites and dreaming of spring. Your chart says I can plant peas and spinach on April 9th, but I really don’t expect the snow to be gone by then.

    I really like your site. I just found it through a blog post at High Mowing Seeds.

    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Debbie. I hear you! Same here. A lot can happen in the next four to six weeks, and I am always relieved if I get peas in my the end of the first week in April here (though I love years when it’s more like the start of the fourth week in March). We can cross our fingers in unison. :)

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