March 11, 2013
The Final Winter Storm? Hopefully!
Here in the Northeast, we were all so hopeful that spring was soon to come, and then the weather people started talking about yet, another winter storm. It threatened last Thursday, but all we received was rain and heavy wind. On Friday morning, it started to snow quite heavily and once again, we were living in a winter wonderland. Hopefully, this will be the last storm of winter!
1 I think by now, even the miniature Sicilian donkeys have had enough snow.
2 The backyard birds had to find their feeders behind the hanging icicles.
3 Downy woodpeckers are frequent visitors at the feeders. This is a male because of the red patch on the back of his head.
4 Downy woodpeckers prefer suet feeders, but are also fond of black oil sunflower seeds, millet, peanuts, and chunky peanut butter.
5 Another view of this little woodpecker
6 We also have a large population of crows at the farm, who frequent the ground below the feeders in search of black sunflower seeds.
7 Groups of crows are referred to as a murder of crows because their black feathers remind people of death. However, crows are actually very social and caring creatures, and also among the smartest animals on the planet.
8 Snow had really gathered on this Corylus Avellana 'Contorta', or Corkscrew Hazel.
9 A globe of snow
10 One of the hornbeam hedges iced with snow
11 A bluejay probably wondering when winter will be over
12 Snow upon the stable
13 Interesting that snow accumulated only on one side of the roof of the corn crib.
14 Linden trees with snow
15 The linden allee - The road leading toward the maple grove looked slippery.
16 A view in the other direction
17 The maple grove collected quite a bit of snow.
18 An American chestnut tree
19 The tropical greenhouse was being vented to control the heat inside.
20 It was quite steamy inside. This is a type of agave.
21 Another agave
22 The plants are organized in three sections down the length of the greenhouse with two aisles for walking.
23 Lots of snow on this section of paddock fencing
24 The chicken coops
25 The snow was deep and fluffy
26 The stand of yellow witch hazel
27 Blooming in winter, witch hazel is one of the earliest flowering shrubs. They are so welcome in the landscape.
28 The boxwood allee, beneath its burlap covering, was well-protected from this heavy snow.
29 A view from the boxwood allee towards my house - The white house is the neighbor across the street.
30 The blueberry bushes beneath the blueberry pergola - I love how red their branches are.
31 The drive towards my house past the bald cypress trees
32 I very recently blogged about how beautifully the farm crew top-dressed the lily beds. You can see the rise and fall of the beds, which looks like quilting.
33 This is the little house where I store my antique basket collection. I promise to blog about it some day soon.