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White Christmas

Three Inches Of Good Spirit

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…

Before sunrise on Christmas morning, snow dusting on branches

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.

A Cardinal waits for his treats

More of birds that came in for treats on Christmas that I managed to snap photos of.

 

It’s Spring….sort of

With Snow On The Ground

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.

Some lucky Daffodils and Iris that are close to the house are still standing
Some lucky Daffodils and Iris that are close to the house are still standing
Half of the Bleeding heart was buried
Half of the Bleeding heart was buried
This Bleeding heart will freeze tonight when the temperature drops below the freezing point
This Bleeding heart will freeze tonight when the temperature drops below the freezing point
Hyacinth
Hyacinth
Frozen grapes, anyone?
Frozen grapes, anyone?
Or a cup of shaved ice? (Just add flavoring)
Or a cup of shaved ice? (Just add flavoring)

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.

Garlic half buried in snow, but they will survive.
Garlic half buried in snow, but they will survive.

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.

First Snow Fall Of The Season

Not Much But Still Beautiful

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.

Snow on Japanese maple
Snow on Japanese maple
A flower bud of re-blooming iris that will not have a chance to blossom.
A flower bud of re-blooming iris that will not have a chance to blossom.
Ivy on a wild cherry tree looks becoming frosted with snow
Ivy on a wild cherry tree looks becoming frosted with snow