A wet snow

A quick tour of the garden revealed no surprises following several inches of snow this morning. Fortunately, three inches of very wet snow, and maybe a fraction more, is hardly enough to bend or break evergreen branches to cause permanent damage, and I expect that when the sun comes out tomorrow, all will be fine.

I will not bother to venture into the lower third of the garden. Already, and for several months it seems, this part of the garden has been a swamp due to weekly rainfall. I hope not permanently, and at this point it seems that it cannot possibly dry out until June. One dogwood in the area has been lost to constantly saturated ground, and I hope this is the extent of it, though I’ll not be surprised if there’s more.

This mid-November snow is not anything to be concerned about, except if it’s on the way to confirming forecasts for a particularly snowy winter. The snow is not so bothersome, unless it’s wet and heavy, and then it requires getting out regularly to shake branches so that evergreens are not damaged. I prefer to watch from the kitchen window, warm and cozy, but in past years I’ve seen the lasting damage done by doing nothing.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Nat says:

    Your photos are beautiful! I’m sure you get used to snow but I’ve never seen it. One day 😊

    1. Dave says:

      Some years we get a little snow, occasionally a lot. Snow in November is unusual.

      1. Nat says:

        So jealous right now. Today was day two of 35 degrees Celsius and it’s not even summer yet

      2. Dave says:

        Not certain that I’d like it that hot, but we’ve warmed up to 4 C. in late morning after a few days barely above freezing at daytime highs.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Redwoods are remarkable trees. They are very different from other California native flora. They are remarkably resilient to both wind and fire. (Most native specie are combustible.) However, they can not take the weight of even a light snow. They live near the coast where there is no snow. When it does snow, the weight of the snow breaks limbs. Needless to say, snow is very rare, even up on the summit.

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