When a Late Snow Batters Your Buttercups in Bloom

I worried when their little sprouts showed up in a mild December. I knew they were too early when blooms opened and struggled against a cold February wind. And then, March 1, boom, it happened. Heavy, wet, cold snow. Right at peak. Just in time to flatten every single bright yellow blossom.

Sometimes projects and accounts are like that. You hold your breath. You know the odds are against it. You know to expect the unexpected. And, sure enough, a late snow destroys your daffodils.

We look in sadness and disgust, yet with wonder at the awesomeness of the destruction. We shake our heads, thinking we’ll salvage what we can as soon as the muck and mire dry a little. We’ll bring in bouquets of what’s left, and then we’ll re-assess.

When the weather clears and the stems die back, we’ll rake and thin the bulbs, making them stronger for next year. We’ll plant the bulbs that come to the top in a new place. We’ll hope all this discourages blooming too soon. The soil and sun must do their work before plants should bloom.

In the meantime, we seek friends and colleagues who have suffered similar losses, have good advice, or a good sense of humor. We make comments on Twitter and Facebook that evoke curiosity and sympathy and we welcome a blog platform to talk about our ruined blooms some more.

The good news about a late snow? Spring isn’t far behind. There’s hope that some of the stems will raise themselves toward a warming sun. There’s hope that something will come up that we planted and forgot about over a long winter, yet there it is, beautiful and ready to fill in the bare spots. There’s hope because there are always new and improved ways to grow flowers. There’s hope because we’re willing to get out there and dig and till and rake and hoe until we get the results we want.


A look at the daffodils after the snow


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