“Winter is gone…”?

Today, the 2nd of February, is Candlemas, Maria Lichtmess, or as many American friends will know, Groundhog Day!

If Candlemas Day is clear and bright, winter will have another bite. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.

Ist’s an Lichtmess hell und rein,
wird ein langer Winter sein.
Wenn es aber stürmt und schneit,
ist der Frühling nicht mehr weit.

Well, the weather proverbs always have some truth in them, and I have been convinced all winter that it would not get really cold this year. Today it is cloudy and rain/sleet is forecast for later… So now I am officially declaring the demise of winter! 😀 It may take a while for my snowdrops to open yet, and the Hellebore buds are still tightly shut, but I am sure it won’t be long until I can see pictures like this…

Spring2013Hepatica

and this…

Spring2013Hazel

I just need to be patient…

😉

How is winter progressing in your part of the world? Any signs of it coming to an end?

63 thoughts on ““Winter is gone…”?

  1. Today it is clear and bright in this part of the UK! I always feel that February is our worst month, the wind is bitterly cold but even so, the snowdrops are up and open making a lovely show in the woodland along with other tiny winter flowers.

    • I always think of February as the beginning of the end of winter! I discovered a primula yesterday, so despite sleet and rain I am still optimistic. No snowdrops yet though. Enjoy your woodland plants Pauline!

  2. The first two weeks in January were so warm. I´ve already seen Hazel catkins, Winterjasmin, buds of snowbells and so on. Now we have had an intermezzo with snow, but it seems to become mild again. Spring is in the air – and a Hyacinth in my room. 🙂

  3. It’s cloudy and misty here this morning – at least I think it is, the sun’s not up yet. In Groundhog Day Lore, that means he won’t see his shadow, and we’ll have an early spring…
    We can always hope, right?

  4. Pretty post 🙂

    Our Famous Rodent is said to have seen his shadow but our local weatherman said the “Fix was in!”.
    Must have been the shadow from all the lights on the Rock Star as it is too overcast in the northeast at 7-7:30 AM 🙂 Spring will be in the end of March as always but I say the nasty weather will peter out 🙂

    Have a great Sunday! We have football to watch tonight even though our handsome guy Tom won’t be playing in this one 🙂

    • It’s always the same in effect… winter lasts longer than we hope and spring is always too late… I’d like spring from February to April! 😀

      • Let’s put that up for a vote! I know many who would LOVE THAT I know this crazy heating season can’t end quick enough 🙂 We are up to over $1,000.00 US for heating home and it really is not that big or warm 🙂 we keep it at 65F and dress warm lol I did put my portable greenhouse together up in the bedroom with the southern exposure to start my seeds in 🙂 Can’t wait! I will not grow anything but flowers in my food garden this year as I load it with compost for next two years I will grow in containers while I recover from upcoming surgeries it will be easier 🙂 Do you have anything new going into your gardens this spring?

  5. Here in Portland, the weather is clear and cold–the rest if the week is supposed to bring us lows in the low twenties Fahrenheit. However our rain year is well below normal…these drought conditions have everybody worried. The snow drops are up! We had a winner in my shade design contest and I’ve just started planning. Go Seahawks! http://Www.life-change-compost.com/calling all gardeners

    • With the weather being so topsy turvy this year who knows what will happen in February! I don’t think we’ll have really bitter cold now though. We just need to hope there won’t be any nasty late frosts with all the shrubs budding so early.

  6. Cathy, I am not sure winter is gone just yet. 🙂 Our snow is nearly gone and today it is suppose to be in the upper 50’s. Woke up to a foggy morning on the mountain today, couldn’t see 10 feet in front of me.

  7. We have had a very cold winter for our area of Texas and it shows no sign of leaving. I hate it, this is why we suffer through the heat of our summers- to have mild winters. So, when these years come along we fuss. As I write, it is thunder-storming and threatening to turn to freezing rain by lunch time. I am glad to hear some folks are having a decent winter. Enjoy it for me.

    • Well, we didn’t have the usual big freeze this winter and the German alps didn’t get much snow so far… I’m hoping winter is on the way out!

  8. Yippee! It’s raining here! So, hopefully, our winter is over! 🙂 Actually, I think plants are the best predictor. I’ve been thinking about buying a forsythia – supposedly they will not bloom until the coast is clear!

  9. Beautiful clear blue sky and sunshine today. We went for a long walk with friends and three kids loved climbing, exploring and getting absolutely caked in mud. On our wanders we spotted lots of bluebell shoots coming through already. Now, I’m hoping the saying doesn’t apply to the UK! Surely, bluebell greens are a very clear sign that winter is nearly over!

    • Wow, bluebell shoots so early! Sounds like it was a beautiful (“spring”?) day. I have spotted my first primula, but not even my snowdrops are out yet!

  10. Well, I hardly need to tell you what the weather’s doing in Britain … everyone else has got there before me 😉
    I love the ickle flower! It’s SO pretty.

    • Thanks Dor. I’ve noticed it getting lighter in the mornings now, and if the sun ever came out I’m sure it must be a little higher in the sky too! 😉

  11. Maybe you won’t need to be patient too, too long! For a moment I thought the photos were current, but I see they stand as reminders of what you have in store. I think this spring is going to be truly celebrated by everyone. No matter where we live, or whether the winter has been harsh or mild, we are all starved for color! 🙂

    • Hi Anne! We have been forecast all that stormy weather you’re having, but sometimes we’re lucky and it doesn’t quite reach us this far inland. We would actually like a bit of wind to dry up the muddy garden! (But no rain please!) Hope your weather improves soon, and thanks for visiting!

  12. Great post! So pretty. No winter is not over, snow falling and supposed to keep up the next 2 days. It is great, simply because we are in a drought and I want to do a lot of gardening this year! 🙂

    • Glad you are getting plenty of moisture – snow is prettier than rain, but it does seem strange here not having a real cold spell. Maybe it’ll freeze at Easter!

  13. I’m enjoying catching up on your posts after returning from a holiday. I hope you are right about winter…right now we have three feet of snow on the ground.

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