My brother in Virginia called yesterday just to check in. He’s good about contacting siblings to chat and maintain our sibling bonds across the miles. During our conversation, we talked about a lot of things but one subject always centers around food.

I might have mentioned we’re eating a lot of hardy foods that we require on these cold, dark winter nights… root vegetables, beef stews and a variety of good casseroles from the kitchen of my personal chef… mister gardener. Brother talked about what he’s enjoying… things like “the best crab cakes I’ve ever tasted.”  His dietary menu says a lot more than just what’s on his plate.

While he’s talking, I’m thinking… ‘The coast of New Hampshire is really not that far away from the coast of Virginia but we seem to be on totally different planets.  He’s invigorated by spring and we are still beneath an arctic cloud.’

He also said he’s picked a lot of daffodils in his yard and taken them to friends. He says he sees rabbit tracks in the yard and they are nibbling on his liriope and damaged the bark on his azalea that will soon burst into bloom. I just listened and visualized the scene that might be playing out in his landscape, realizing we are so removed from that glorious early Virginia spring that I love so.


I miss all of that.

Last night we received 8 or 9 more inches of snow. Gone are the early days where I dashed out with a ruler to measure inches when we first moved here. Snow is not such a new event anymore but I still love to see it.

I know my bulbs, lirope, the few azaleas I have are stirring beneath the snow. They know the season is advancing. I will bide my time, try not to be too envious of siblings in Virginia picking daffodils and eating crab cakes.

A path to the birdfeeder today. 3/4/19

Today’s path to the bird feeders. March 4, 2019

The tables will turn for us in July, when those uncomfortable dog days of heat and humidity and mosquitoes arrive on the coast of Virginia. I remember it all too well.  Uncomfortable, yes, but bearable, and I love it all.

But summers are a glorious time in New England when we never shut a window, nor turn on an air conditioner. Naturally, our long winters can be uncomfortable at times… but what’s not to love? Seasons change, conditions change, and gardens still grow. That’s all this person cares about!


25 thoughts on “Seasons

  1. Here in southern New England, we crawl through winter, but we also need A/C in the summer when it gets hot and humid. The food looks wonderful and I’m looking forward to seeing daffodils around here – it won’t be long.

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  2. You are tougher than we are because that A/C runs in the summer when we hit mid 80’s or the humidity gets up there. Seventeen years ago, when we first moved back to NH, we hardly ever turned it on. But, it seems like each summer gets a little warmer and a little more humid. I can work with it outside, but I hate it when I’m inside doing other stuff. The daffodils are blooming here in SC, but they’re going to take a hit because we have frost warnings for two nights.

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    • Fans are my secret weapon against heat. I find it harder to work outdoors after A/C, then chilled when coming back indoors. I must be much like you when you first moved to NH. So far it’s glorious.
      I’m seeing those cold temperature in the south and am fretting about the daffodils. My garden club in Virginia is involved in two big daffodil events later in the month. Sigh…

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  3. Sadly, in Virginia we are having two upcoming nights in the low twenties this week, which may damage our glorious 25 foot tall white star magnolia, and may also damage the buds of our camelias which are also ready to pop. Daffodils, and our maybe thirty varieties of azaleas are usually unafected by late freezes, as well as our mahonia and other flowering shrubbery at the ready. The goldfinch and bluebirds, etc. know this freeze is coming, as they flood the bird feeders in unusually great numbers.

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    • I read about your deep-freeze that up coming tonight and tomorrow night. I hope that the daffies in Virginia are OK as you say. My Virginia garden club is planning two big daffodil events. Good luck on your tenders.


  4. When I lived in town, the windows were opened in spring, and not closed until autumn (which is probably why we sometimes had problems with nesting birds). When I was looking at real estate in Trona, and studying the weather, I found that the average annual rainfall was four inches. It sort of makes me wonder why the homes have roofs.

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  5. You are blessed to be able to keep in touch and enjoy sibling chit chat. But, I’m jealous his area of Virginia is apparently warmer and enjoying spring beginnings, Still cold and no blooms here, tomorrow more rain or snow is on the way it was 19 degrees this morning when I got up. At least I don’t have your snow. Food looks good, too. xo kim

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