Celebrate A New Beginning
We kept checking daily if we’re going to have a white Christmas or not. The weather forecast kept switching between rain and snow. This is what I woke up to on Christmas morning…
It was a peaceful and quiet morning. The wind didn’t pick up until close to noon. Then the trees were flayed bare again by the howling wind. Plenty of birds flew in for treats since it was hard to dig through three inches of snow. The Northern Cardinals looked best against white snow, a natural ornament. The others pretty much blended in with their surrounding. Somehow the colors of birds we have in winter are in shades of black, white , grey and brown; the Cardinals are the brightest of the bunch. Here’s one of the Cardinals awaiting his turn for Christmas treats.
More of birds that came in for treats on Christmas that I managed to snap photos of.
We were so happy a couple of weeks ago when Spring officially arrived and the weather acted accordingly. I even started tomato and chili pepper seedlings in the hope that we may have a longer growing season. But we were fooled.
We woke up to three inches of snow on the ground this morning. If it was just snow, it wouldn’t be that bad. The strong wind, over 30 mph, makes it feel much colder. Many young leaves got wind burn; the lucky one were buried under the snow. My face felt numb after only a few minutes outside. I managed to take some photos before my fingers started to ache and retreated back inside.
I didn’t have a chance to check in the cold frame. Actually, I didn’t want to open it because the wind would make it much harder to close. Snow also helps insulate it so opening it will not do the vegetables inside any good. However the garlic is outside, half covered in snow.
I’ll bring this up later, but I did make a mad dash out to the bee hives to wrap the girls up in warmer covers.
I woke up this morning to see snow falling outside. The temperature is cold with no wind so the snow stayed on the leaves and on the ground. Lucky that I’ve gotten everything I needed done in the garden before the weather got cold and snow fell. We insulated our beehives only last week, good for us and the honeybees. We also put up a cold frame for the first time this year and getting it in last weekend. We weren’t looking forward to hammering poles into frozen ground! We can now grow winter vegetables like Kale, Swiss chard and Arugula in there. I’m not sure how well this will work but I want to try growing hardier vegetables year round if I can.
Anyway the sight of snow on the ground, trees, leaves and flowers is a reminder of the omnipresence of beauty year ’round.