The Onion Snow of 2016
The "Onion Snow" of April 3rd
The “Onion Snow” of April 3rd

Sunday morning on Facebook, my good friend Tina Martin who lives south of Pittsburgh reported that they had an “onion snow”.  Well, I have never heard of that term before but she told me that it was a term used mostly by the folks in Pennsylvania.  I remained skeptical but “googled it” and sure enough on the Farmer’s Almanac website (click here) they explained an “onion snow”.  And indeed it is a term particular to the state of Pennsylvania and was originated by the Pennsylvania Dutch culture. It refers to a spring snowfall that occurs after the onions have been planted and snow falls after the onions have sprouted and started to grow green leaves.

My Easter Flowers Just Before the Snow
My Easter Flowers Just Before the Snow

Our warm weather last week had me thinking about my garden and I was just beginning to think about buying some onion sets for my garden.  But this “onion snow” did cause me some concern as I began to worry about my Easter flowers in front of the house. I took a few pictures knowing that the weatherman had predicted snow for late Saturday night. Not one daffodil had bloomed for Easter Sunday but they were giving it their best effort latter in the week.

Daffodils Planted Last Fall
Daffodils Planted Last Fall

Fortunately, I cut a few of the daffodils that I had planted last fall and brought them into the house to make a bouquet for Jeanette as I knew that any significant snowfall would break the daffodil stems and I would have to wait for another year to see them bloom again. The hyacinths are just starting to bloom and their flowers are not fully developed. My tulips are just a bunch of leaves and they have not sent their buds skyward. Well, call it an “onion snow” or a late spring snow storm or whatever you want to call it, it was a real stinker and I fear a spoiler for the daffodils this year.

Hyacinths Starting to Bloom
Hyacinths Starting to Bloom

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