March 8

in Thoreau’s Journal:

1860

To say nothing of fungi, lichens, mosses, and cryptogamous plants, you cannot say that vegetation absolutely ceases in any season in this latitude. For there is grass in some warm exposures and in springy places always growing more or less, and willow catkins expanding and peeping out a little farther every warm day from the very beginning of winter,

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and the skunk-cabbage buds being developed and actually flowering sometimes in the winter, and the sap flowing in the maples on some days in mid-winter, and perhaps some cress growing a little, certainly some pads, and various naturalized garden weeds steadily growing, if not blooming and apple buds sometimes expanding. Thus much of vegetable life, or motion, or growth, is to be detected every winter.

There is something of spring in all seasons.

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March 8, 1859 in Thoreau’s Journal:

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To us snow and cold seem a mere delaying of the spring.

How far we are from understanding the value of these things in the economy of Nature.