Winter Arrives

10 days ago the weather went from mild to cold, but still no snow then the blizzard arrived! It started Friday evening and we expected under a foot to accumulate over the weekend. Saturday morning we had topped the one foot level and by Sunday morning we had a final total of 21 inches of fluffy white snow. That is taking some digging out from and the landscape is still covered so I don’t know what damage has been done but some signs of heavy snow are already becoming evident.

Blizzard 2016 21-inch snowfall

Blizzard 2016 21-inch snowfall

Where the driveway was cleared – the truck went over the small flower/shrub bed – the crape myrtle dies back to the ground anyway but I am not sure what else was there. At least one azalea is looking like snow has stressed or broken a few branches and the conifers close to the house look like a side has been pushed down. Some will spring back, others will need pruning.

Snow clearing truck tracks didn't quite miss the buried shrubs

Snow clearing truck tracks didn’t quite miss the buried shrubs

Heavy snow is pulling the branches on this azalea down

Heavy snow is pulling the branches on this azalea down

All in all though not a bad winter when the bulk of the snow falls on just one Saturday!

Inside I have the peas already growing and the beans have germinated. In the seedling tray there are a few tomatoes, a bunch of marigolds and hopefully a pepper or two but they are still germinating – the soil temperature was probably not quite warm enough.  I did sit them on a hot water bottle to hasten things!

Boosting the heat under the peppers

Boosting the heat under the peppers

We are all looking forward to spring like weather returning!


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