VS Day (Victory over Snow)
I am pleased to announce that today is officially VS Day (Victory over Snow). The white stuff seems to be melting irreversibly now, and while spring is not yet fully established, winter’s day is done.
On Wednesday I had to drive down to Springfield, 200 miles south of Chicago, and I won’t be back until Friday. When I left Chicago it was actually raining, which should speed the snow melt along. Here in Springfield (and no, this is not where the Simpsons live) there is no snow at all. I’m going back to Chicago tomorrow, and hope to find little to no cold white stuff on the ground.
In fact, I am already excited about actually getting out and working in the garden this weekend. The ground will be frozen, sure, but there is plenty to do. I have to prune the roses, clematis, and honeysuckle. Oh, and I have to start on clearing plant debris, which in my garden is an enormous job. I am giddy with excitement.
Plus, when I left I noticed little crocus leaves poking up through the ground, and I am keenly anticipating the sight of the first crocus flowers.
I do worry about a cold spring. On this point, the Illinois State Climatologist has a mixed message. On the one hand, severe winters in the past have generally been followed by fairly normal growing seasons. On the other hand, for 2014 they are reporting an increased likelihood of cooler than normal temperatures for April through June. In other words, it’s too soon to tell.
But there will be plenty of time to fret over the possibility of a cold spring. For now, let us savour the victory.