Happy Groundhog’s Day!

I’m posting twice today to share some lovely photos of a ridiculously lovely day:


Today is Groundhog’s Day, a peculiar holiday we in the States celebrate by dragging large, hibernating rodents from their burrows, snapping lots of photos, and then making unfounded weather predictions, supposedly based on whether or not the poor creatures see their shadows. Today the Bluegrass State seemed to take the official rodent at his word: the sun was shining, the air was 60 degrees F, and both crocus and honey bees (see topmost flower) were out.


This is one of my hellebores – see the dusty mauve blossom in the center of the photo? One or another hellebore has been in bloom since Thanksgiving (late November, for my non-U.S. readers); they’ve been taking turns. The pink one just finished, but it’s already got tiny buds in the crown. I guess I’ve got them planted in the right place.

Two weeks ago, we got almost 2 feet of snow. Today we had a light shower out of a sunny sky, and my neighborhood was framed in a rainbow. It was a beautiful day here. I hope it was beautiful wherever you are, too.


6 responses to “Happy Groundhog’s Day!

    • Yeah, well, it’s been snowing all day today, but that doesn’t really affect things like crocus – they’ve evolved to handle such things. I worry a bit about the bees, though they too have pretty good adaptive strategies. The ones I really grieve are the magnolias, when the January/February thaw cons them into blooming too early. The trees are usually fine, but we don’t get to enjoy the crazy exhuberance of their lavish flowering.

      No matter what the groundhog says, he’s always right and wrong: there’s always more winter, but the spring always comes anyway. Thank goodness! 🙂

      • Oh, the magnolias. We had a gorgeous one in front of our picture window when we lived in Michigan. The people who bought our house cut it down. We don’t have sumptious flowers or flowering trees/bushes like that in Arizona. Haha, yes, you’re right–he’s always right and wrong! We finally got warm here this week and my mother said that on TV they warned that that means the snakes are out early this year :(.

  1. Happy Groundhogs Day to you, too, Jennifer. Beautiful photos! They are a blessing to my eyes. Such lovely colors! I miss witnessing a snowfall, but not the cold or the shoveling, but the awesome view of new-fallen snow piled high on tree branches, and white expanses, I miss. Blessings to you…

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