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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snow

As most everyone knows, quite a bit of snow fell around these parts on Friday and Saturday (12/18-19). We get snow most years, here in Stafford, just not like this. DH figured we probably got 20+ inches. A LOT for us....(even the government was closed on Monday)

A few pictures from Sunday, after the snow...

This is looking out our front door...enough wind or whatever that we actually had snow outside the front door...a first for us...


a slightly larger view...


One of my dogs, Kobe, making his way outside....He has a new nickname "Snowdog" as he eagerly took outside, plowing through snow with his nose...


A day later (and a bit of snow melted later..)...you can see the legs on the bench now...


We dug out enough of the driveway to move the vehicles...


Daylily labels emerging...


For grins, Chuck Hayes Gardenia covered in snow (the same gardenia that was a pile of brown sticks this past spring...fully recovered and still putting out buds when this snow hit...I think it actually makes it through the winters okay...it's March here that's so hard...warm and then a freeze...repeat...)...yes, the walkway cleared by....uh huh...me! The dogs really appreciate it.


Nice icicles on the Sweet Box...


I looked back at my garden journal...which I kept more faithfully before this blog (shame on me)...I found it interesting. I noted our first snow of the year in 2004 was on 12/19. I was worried about the tea olive, banana shrub, variegated confederate jasmine and a hebe...all of which, except the tea olive, had zone 7 tags (not!). The tea olive and banana shrub are still here and doing well. In fact, I'm planning to oust the banana shrub next spring (banana tree...too much space, too little fragrance...).

On December 10th, 2005, I noted that we had already had two snows, three counting the light snow we encountered taking our son back to BWI after Thanksgiving. (Without these notes, it sure is easy to forget when the first snow is each year...)..

That's it until this year's entry....2006 until now...well, they must be on here....I don't know, I'm thinking about being better with the garden journal (don't I always think that??)...as it is so nice to look back...not just for weather...but to also read about what my garden concerns were. Even the short notes are meaningful.

Okay I just have to add this...yes, daffodils and snowdrops are up...not unusual....keep those garden journals!

6 comments:

Hartwood Roses said...

All the snow looks so Christmas-y! We got about 24" here in Hartwood ... and it's gorgeous. Stay warm.

Connie

Les said...

Better you than me!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Wow you sure did get a lot of snow. It is so pretty in the pictures but your bench looks lonely ;-)
Merry Christmas to you!

Karin SKARA said...

Merry Christmas and a peaceful holiday to you.
Karin //

Gotta Garden said...

Hi Connie: You got us beat, is sounds like. It was pretty. My dogs, I think, enjoyed it less as it made getting around outside quite difficult for them (and they are big dogs). The cats didn't even bother to venture out...although they did keep going to the door as if when it opened, the snow would have magically disappeared... Hope you all are pretty much back to normal now..

Yes, Les...my husband renewed his pleas of 'when are we moving further south'...I turned a deaf ear. After all, this is rare. Other than the shoveling out, it wasn't so bad.

Thanks, Hocking Hills Gardener....I trust yours was merry also. The bench did have the company of two others...one completely buried in snow (at that time) and the other up to its legs as well...perhaps some brave birds sitting on it would have been nice...

Thank you, Karin...you, too.

Thanks...all of you...for coming by and especially for taking the time to leave a comment.

Hope you're all enjoying the holiday season...

Take care now..

kate smudges said...

Happy New Year, Katie!

Your seedlings were a treat to see. Sorry to hear about the snowfall and the loss of the maples. I'm hating snow these days ~ endless amounts falling. Hard to keep up with the shoveling.

Hope all is well with you. I've enjoyed catching up on your blog.

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