Archives for February 2010

Snow bunnies – Atlanta gets snow

As you can see, snow bunnies arrived in Atlanta today, along with a snowfall of about 4 inches of the fluffy white stuff.  We Southerners were so excited–we never get snow, and by noon, it was already melting.

Because I knew the snow would soon drip away into puddles, I immediately put some lettuce leaves out on our deck, hoping to coax out a rare and seldom-seen garden snow bunny.  Success!  He arrived almost at once.

I watched patiently for a long time.  I discovered that snow bunnies move very slowly. (In fact, I’m not sure they move at all.)
Then–amazingly–another snow bunny arrived!  It’s obviously the lettuce…they can’t resist.  Must grow more in my garden this spring.
In an ill-fated attempt to make the snow bunny feel at home, I …well, I tried to dress him up a little.  Brighten his fur against all that white snow, and that sort of thing.  Alas, a bottle of blue food coloring does not make great polka dots.  And snow bunnies do not dye well.
Do not try this at home.
In spite of everything, at the end of the day, all was well.  The snow bunnies seemed to go on a diet (at least, I suppose that’s what happened.  As the sun grew higher in the sky, they were definitely beginning to look a little slimmer. They never touched my lettuce.)
I suspect they will hop away to their hidden homes sometime during the night, and I’ll have to wait for another seldom-seen Georgia snowfall before they return.  For now, it’s all blue skies above my garden.  And a little blue snow-bunny is out there, somewhere….

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

I’m really looking forward to this year’s International Flower and Garden Festival, which will be held at Epcot in Orlando, FL.

I’ll be there as a speaker for Epcot’s Great American Gardener series.  The park’s horiculturists are already planning to “grow out” many of the beautiful heirloom veggies and flowers I’ll discuss (and I’ll appreciate having the plants already set up around the speaker’s stage. Can you imagine trying to travel with a pot of petunias or zinnias?  If you can’t make it through security with more than an ounce of, say, mouthwash, I don’t think I’d make it onto the plane with a bag of delicious Italian frying peppers or a box of heirloom tomatoes).

Hope you can join me at Epcot on March 19-21.  I’ll speak twice daily, at noon and three pm.  Think spring!