Spring Snow

Well, it’s been a while since I wrote or visited other blogs regularly. It was an odd winter without winter weather (except for some bitter cold after the new year) and I kept waiting for winter to come so that I could dive into seed catalogs. Needless to say, I was late, spurred on by signs of spring–blossoms, new leaves, early flowers, but I have been gardening and have some things planted in the cold frame, the pop-up tent accelerator, and under row cover; I just keep forgetting to take my camera to the garden!

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The pop-up tent and the row cover in another year and later season.

Good thing they’re all under shelter because today we had a snow storm.

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I didn’t believe it would happen as all winter, snow missed us.

I can’t even say it was first of the season, because, well, it’s spring now, right?

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Forsythia under some pressure.

The forsythia and the early cherry blossoms were out.

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These will not be looking sprightly after the snow melts.

Daffodils were blossoming and other early flowers had begun to emerge.

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These will do fine, hardy little shoots…

It was a heavy, wet snow that clung to branches and wove a fairyland overhead.

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Luckily, there wasn’t much of it…

There is such art in the look of it, the way it drapes on the branches.

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I put two blueberry bushes out last weekend (sent to me at the “appropriate time for my growing zone”), but I covered them with little plastic cloches made from 3-liter water bottles. I hope those are sufficient protection. Otherwise I’ll be buying more blueberry bushes. In the meantime, happy spring!

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There will be more flowers, I know…

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38 Responses to Spring Snow

  1. That kind of snow does provide sculptural magic to the garden. But please keep it there. We in the true north have had our fill!

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  2. The snow might wreck the blossom, but it makes it doubly beauteous!

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  3. Mary Tang says:

    The sight of snow is a treat for me; we never have snow, not even frost where I live. Chinese poets wrote endlessly about the beauty and resilience of blossoms in the snow – I am so glad to see it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. You have had an odd winter! I missed that bit of information, snowed under as I was with all the posts about massive storms and snow falls everywhere else it seems. Isn’t it crazy when we spend a whole season waiting for it to start and then realise nope – that was it ๐Ÿ™‚ Summer before last was a bit like that for me. I do hope your baby blueberries make it. Looking forward to having a catch up soon. xo

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  5. Sylvie G says:

    There is the romanticism of the snow, the beauty of it, the great photos, and then there are the practicalities, the shivering. The weather has definitely been challenging this year, in NZ too, cyclones, rain, extreme heat and humidity, flies (for the first time since I have been living in Nelson). Hopefully this is a one off and not a new trend.

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Snow is beautiful—we are still burried in Maine. Hope nothing is damaged by the cold and snow.

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  7. It’s all gone topsy turvy. A good thing you remembered your camera this time,Lisa

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  8. KerryCan says:

    I thought about you when I heard how this last storm hit your region hard! And here in upstate New York, it was clear and sunny!

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Snow is pretty, as I keep telling myself ALL winter long. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I thought about the cherry blossoms getting snowed upon – such a big tourist attraction in DC. Have they (and your garden) recovered?

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    How sad that it happens to flowers in bloom. We had heavy rain for the past few days, just as the flowering cherries started to bloom, but they still have a few days to go, and the rain is done for now. Weather can change like . . . . something that . . . . well, changes.

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  11. Lisa, it’s nice to find your post. Your snow pictures are stunning!

    What a strange year for weather…or perhaps it’s been a strange decade. Our weather is milder then yours, but we too have had a strange winter. We had two weeks of unseasonable warm, short sleeved weather, followed by two weeks of unseasonable cold weather. The garden is so confused. It’s pouring rain now. The only thing predictable is unpredictability. Are you planning anything new in the garden this year?

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I’m going to plant broccoli raab. I’ve grown it before, but not for a while. Mostly, I’m having to build some extra enclosures to put plants in that the rabbits and voles like. I really want a good garden this year. My grocery bills are crazy!

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      • I’ve seen some amazing garden enclosures in my favorite garden magazines. You are not alone! Some are even enclosed on top…and the top is eight or nine feet! Of course, voles and rabbits are great diggers, so I imagine you have to do as much reinforcement from the bottom, too. Best of luck!

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Thanks, Alys. They need to be dug down about 10″ and then tall enough for a rabbit to have trouble getting over.

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      • I wish I had the athleticism and the determination of a rabbit. Iโ€™m glad I donโ€™t reproduce like they do though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. Maria says:

    Nice wintery scenes, although spring is just around the corner now!

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  13. LB says:

    While the snow was damaging (at least it was down here), it sure was beautiful, and yes, like art. This weekend I’ll be picking up lots and lots of branches!

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  14. Ann Koplow says:

    While snow leaves me cold (especially in the Spring), your blog and beautiful photos make me happy!

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