Recess in the Gardenhood

Wednesday evening this week, Rose and Diane, who work with me in Green Way’s gardens, agreed to let me cook for them.

We needed to talk about the coming season, how drought will effect our work load. Passionate gardeners often find ourselves with many other things in common. Our conversation ranged over several countrysides. And while we laughed, exclaimed, solved the world’s problems, and, yes, ate, it snowed.

It snowed a real snow. Moisture laden. Four inches in the three hours. They left in a quiet sifting of heavy flakes and a celebratory mood.


The official total out at the airport was 7.3 inches. The patio table on the flat corner lot captured five.

Makoto Moore, meteorologist with the national weather service in Pueblo, CO, says “We’re still knee deep in drought.” But snow on the ground lasting for several days and the clean fragrance of fallen clouds raises spirits and has everyone hoping for more.

Up in the mountains as much as 17.5 inches of powder accumulated. Good news for the river basins.

Did you know that no rivers flow into Colorado? Here, instead, are the headwaters of the Platte, the Arkansas, the Colorado, the Rio Grande, and more.

Snowpack remains at 75% of normal statewide, but with March and April typically the snowiest months, fingers are crossed that February’s treasure will kickstart a productive spring. You can almost hear as folks around the state take turns holding their breath.

Another big storm heads our way tonight. Cell phones have buzzed: blizzard warnings are posted.

Today, however, I declared a recess in the gardenhood. The sun polished the sky into a porcelain blue. Wednesday’s snow shrank and liquified, singing its way down gutters and storm grates. I strolled on down to Shooks Run just to hear the liquid music. Upstream, inside the fence of the municiple golf course, ancient western willow raised their broad and glorious heads, bright February gold twigs against high, icy bands of clouds.

Back in the office, a message from my cousin Ginny alerted me to the March issue of National Geographic. There is an article on fracking in North Dakota. It attempts to give a balanced socio-economic look at the changes fracking is making in the state. The photos by Eugene Richards convey the story beautifully. However, a quick reading yielded no information on troubles ranchers are having with their livestock. There is always more to the story.

Alright, back to recess!

Tracking the gardener.

Tracking the gardener.


10 thoughts on “Recess in the Gardenhood

    • Fourteen feet! Amazing.

      I’ve heard tell that the weather patterns in your part of the world may be changing toward dry summers and wet winters. Like Provence. Interesting.

  1. Glad you are getting some snow.Yay! Unfortunately for CA, a big high is sitting on us and sending the storms North and then down to you, & beyond. Driest January here ever, & Feb. not much better. But the sunshine is nice.

    • We know well the “donut effect”. The blizzard swept to the north and south of Pikes Peak, leaving us in a snow shadow. Better luck next time for both of us!

  2. Even dry western Iowa has gotten some snow. It seems to be evaporating in mid-30’s today. Newest storm is going south around, however we might get a dusting.
    One more about fracking. The people of ND own the land but someone else owns mineral rights. If you own land, make sure you get/keep that part. That’s why there was a well within sight of a child’s play equipment. Those who own mineral rights seem to care little for the land owners.

  3. I left Seattle on Sunday morning after walking through my garden to see what had bloomed and what was now coming up through the ground so that I could fly into Denver and enjoy the snow. I had my mountain hiking clothes on and it was still just a bit cold. The mountains were stunning as always. The snow is so beautiful. I really enjoy this part of the world.

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