I pay attention to the weather so much more since becoming a landscape contractor. February seems to be our coldest month here in Houston or perhaps it seems so as we tire of the winter weather. Every morning this week has met the crew with temps in the low 30’s. I prefer cold to hot but the crew is the opposite. I enjoy February because in the gray misty mornings the daffodils and snowdrops stand out so clearly! I think about my friends in the snow and can’t even imagine how they are feeling as we slog through this last bit of winter!
A small bird twitters on a leafless spray,
Across the snow-waste breaks a gleam of gold:
What token can I give my friend to-day
But February blossoms, pure and cold?
Frail gifts from Nature’s half-reluctant hand…
I see the signs of spring about the land…
These chill snowdrops, fresh from wintry bowers,
Are the forerunners of a world of flowers.
~Sarah Doudney, “Snowdrops (Consolation),” c.1881