Thursday, April 18, 2013

"And Yet It Moves"

      In 16th century the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei worked at his observatory, watching the movement of the sun. He found out the Earth revolves around the Sun, and not vice versa as previously thought other scientists and the church.
Attracted by the Inquisition for his commitment to the "heretical" doctrine of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus about the Earth's rotation, he had, on his knees, to swear that renounced heresy.
Galileo, stamping his foot, said: "Eppur si muove" ("And yet it moves"), he uttered this phrase before the Inquisition in the day of public renunciation of his scientific "errors".
        It was my historic introduction due to the fact that when I've arrived at my summer cottage today, I also, after the great Galileo, have exclaimed: "And yet the Earth moves!"


The sun was shining, it was warm, nature has come to life.
I took a shovel and began to clean up the remains of snow. And that's what I have seen in this spring day:

crocuses have appeared in the morning and blossomed after 3 hours.

 

 Primrose and Stachys Lanata have grown their sprouts.


In the morning the snowdrops reminded me thin white sticks, and by 3:00 p.m. they had beautiful buds and flowers.




Tulips have hurried to grow their sprouts and the first leaves.

 




 



   







Behind the house, in the shadow, the snow still has laid there and I began to dig it up. Suddenly the leaves of evergreen Mahonia appeared. Here is saxifraga, its leaves are green if they wouldn't been under the snow 4 months. How I love evergreens!




 



Rhododendrons have proudly appeared out of the snow and begun spreading their rolled leaves. I have been very happy that their buds did not suffered and now I will wait for blooming rhododendrons. The smallest and lowest rhododendron appeared out of the snow this morning and 3 hours later I was able to see its leaves and flower buds.




 

 



















What a fine fellow was the great Galileo Galilei, who declared that the Earth moves!

48 comments:

  1. How wonderful to see everything emerging from the snowy blanket. The earth moves, indeed!

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    1. you are right, Laurrie, thank you!

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  2. Lovely crocuses! There's still some snow. I don't know the snow situation in my garden, but tomorrow, I will. Happy Thursday, Nadezda!

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  3. Plants fascinate me with their hardiness sometimes. I love seeing them come up out of the snow. Your crocus are so lovely. Here is hoping no more snow for the garden this spring.

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    1. I do hope no more snow here.
      Thank you, Lona!

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  4. How quickly everything is growing now with your long hours of sunlight and without snow on top. What an exciting time in your garden as the earth moves and plants come back to life! Beautiful!

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    1. Peter, the days are getting longer, it's true. Sun rises at 6 a.m. and sets at 9 p.m. The plants grow fast. Thank you!

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  5. So glad the earth is moving for you - and that spring is finally arriving! I just adore rhododendron blooms, and unfortunately, they don't grow here. Your crocus is also so beautiful - and so brave for blooming in the snow!

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    1. The rhododendron are pretty with their buds! I love to see their blooms. Thank you, Holley!

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  6. Dear Nadezda,
    A warm week here, has meant that the leaves and flowers are coming out all over the place!
    It seems that in your garden they too are straining at the leash like dogs, just waiting for the sun to set them free.
    I do like those crocus photographs. They are such a nice flower.
    Bye for now
    Kirk

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    1. The leaves don't yet strain because the ground is still frozen in depth. But soon...
      Thank you, Kirk!

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  7. I am so glad spring also finally arrived at your place, it is a good thing that the earth moves. I think every year again, that it's a miracle how everything comes to life and grow again.

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    1. I surprise every year too! Yesterday was snow and today the crocuses bloom! Magic of nature, what to say.
      Thank you, Janneke!

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  8. Congratulations on the arrival of spring! I Like your crocuses.

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  9. What a great post. I love how you fused Galileo and spring. Yes, indeed the earth moves toward warmth and growth once more. We must celebrate! Your flowers sure are. :)

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    1. The rules of nature and The Earth's moving are visible in the spring best of all. Of course, my flowers and plant are very glad!
      Thank you, Grace!

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  10. Great image series you show Nadezda - I can see that spring has come over to you.
    Wishing you a good Friday / good weekend :) Hugs Hanne Bente

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    1. Yes, spring has come here, thank you, Hanne Bente!

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  11. Yes how true is this from Galileo and Spring ! What wonderful gift you have even under the snow : )
    Once life starts to smile at us in the garden again .. we are hooked and driven to encourage more and more ..
    we are greedy gardeners aren't we ? LOL
    Joy : )

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    1. Oh. yes, we are! Greedy for sun, warmth, greenness.
      Thank you, Joy!

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  12. Hi Nadezda
    What wonderful shots of early spring bulbs in the snow! Just goes to show you how diverse Mother Nature is: she brings cold and snow but then brings beautiful flowers right through the snow and cold conditions. Lovely post.

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    1. You are right, Mother Nature is very diverse, but here (and as in Canada) she brings long cold months and very short warm season. So the flowers and plants and me value every warm day. Thank you, Astrid!

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  13. Hi Nadezda, so great to hear you've got spring too, lovely to see all those plants and flowers coming right out of the snow, just like they do in Norway :-) Hope you have a great week-end, take care, Helene.

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    1. I agree, here and in Norway the spring comes in same time. The crocuses don't wait for snow melting and grow and flower. Thank yo, Helene!

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  14. I absolutely love Galileo! I teach about him every year in my science classes. :o) It does seem like the plants are moving and growing right in front of us in the spring. How wonderful to think that under that thick snowy blanket, green leaves are waiting for you. :o)

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    1. Tammy, the rules discovered by Galileo are visible here in North too clear. The growing and flowering are fast and nature makes use of each warm moment.
      Thank you!

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  15. simply beautifully captured shots lovely!

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  16. Dear Nazedza,amazing images and great photos!!So strange to me the beautiful spring flowers in the snow!I realy enjoyed your today's post!Thank you for sharing!Have a lovely weekend!
    Dimi..

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    1. Snow has melted, the flowers are blooming and I'm happy. Thank you, Dimi!

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  17. It seems that spring is finally coming! your crocus is lovely! Have a good weekend:)

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  18. The universe and earth are miraculous. As is the advent of spring! You must be happy to see this new life emerging from the snow.

    Galileo Galilei was a genius.

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    1. Sweetbay, oh, yes, he was!!! I agree, the advent of spring and snow melting, appearance of new life ---all these are magic.
      Thank you!

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  19. We don't have much snow on the ground, but there are flurries in the air. Our tulips are just poking out of the ground as well. It is so amazing to see your crocuses sticking up through the snow. They are brave little flowers!

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    1. Poor tulips! They want to bloom and the flurries around...
      Our flowers are very very brave in this climate.
      Thank you, Jennifer!

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  20. Welcome Nadezda!
    We look forward to any autoflowering plants.
    We did not wait long for.
    In my overblown snowdrops and crocuses.
    The last two weeks have been very warm.
    Everything quickly blossomed ...
    I wish good night.
    I send greetings.
    Lucia

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    1. Yes, everything flowers very quickly,
      thank you, Lucia!

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  21. Lovely photos ! How much have you surprised when you picked up the snow ?
    A wonderful surprise that the sings of spring are in your home !
    Have a nice week !

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    1. I'd knonw about crocuses and carefully cleaned the snow, but every spring it's a surprise to see them, bright and colorful within the white snow.
      Thank you, Olimpia!

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  22. Nothing like the thrill of those first crocus to get our juices flowing. I like to naturalize in lawns for a stunning treat for the eyes. Enjoyed your blog.

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    1. aussiebybirth, thank you for stopping by!

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  23. Hallo Nadezda
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. The tree with the stones do not have any history. So the first time several years ago, just think that there has been hung "hollow block" on a "catcher" - many stop and take a pictures of the t. Wish you a good Tuesday :) Hugs Hanne Bente

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    1. I would stop and take a photo as well!
      Thank you, Hanne Bente!

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  24. What a wonderful quote Nadezda and you have used it perfectly. These plants seem to make spring happen, forcing the snow out of their way. I hope the weather has warmed up since then!

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    1. Rosemary, the weather is warm, snow's gone away. Thank you!

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