It seems to happen overnight. One day you bundle up when you head outside, protecting your skin from dry cold harsh wind. The next day you wake up to the sound of the snow melting from the warm sun dripping from the eaves of the house.
The snow edges away from the grass and the rocks, receding into the earth. It will come again, a few times more, but it won’t stick around for long after the first big thaw.
You head outside and the air once again has a scent, fresh, clean and earthy, the sun actually feels warm on your face. The ground feels slightly soft under your feet, you know spring will not be long in coming.
Soon enough, you can start working in the garden, clearing away the leaves, cleaning up the branches that fell during the ice storms, unwrapping the hydrangeas to awaken from their long winter slumber. You can’t get too ahead of yourself or you may uncover something too quickly only to get zapped by a late freeze.
Spring doesn’t officially arrive until late March and there is still much winter weather to come, especially here in NE Ohio. We’ll still have snow, frost, freezes and weather down in the single digits. There’s just something about the first big thaw of the year, it invigorates the gardeners soul.
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