Marvelous and white

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From mild and marvelous, the garden has turned to white, Bare branches and piles of debris set aside for another day are now covered by snow. Cloaked by wet snow, slender limbs arch to obstruct the garden’s paths. A gentle nudge dislodges the heaviest of it, but I don’t expect it to be around for long, so snow will be left on most shrubs.

A weeping Japanese maple holds extra snow since brown leaves are clogged in its dense branching. In a heavier snow I would dislodge the snow with pats from a leaf rake.

The view from the kitchen window is superb, inspiring even my cold averse wife to get outdoors. This is an excellent snow, more than a dusting, but it will melt in a few days. The weekend is forecast to be in the sixties, so it will be long gone by then.

Flowers of Winter’s Sun mahonia peek from beneath the snow.
Snow covers the clustered flowers of the vernal witch hazel.
A few days ago a frog hopped into the koi pond as I approached. Today, it’s covered by ice and snow, but frogs might be out again by the weekend.
Snowdrops do not look as happy as a few days ago, when temperatures were twenty degrees milder.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Linus says:

    Glad the snow happened today than during MANTS. Roads were a mess today.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Ah, white; my favorite color. It does not snow here. I know it is a hassle, but is sure is pretty in pictures.

    1. Dave says:

      We’re in an in between area that with a couple degree variation there can be snow, ice, or just rain. Our snow is often wet and heavy, and it can create problems as it clings to branches, but otherwise it’s not a problem in the garden. Our highways are a different story.

      1. tonytomeo says:

        It is surprising how disruptive snow can be on highways. What I mean is that most people in our region migrated here from climates where snow is normal in winter. They should know how to drive in it when it snows on the Summit. Yet, they all drive like natives. In fact, the few natives drive better because we are so terrified of it.

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