November 14, 2013
Our First Snowfall Of The Season
As stated in yesterday's blog, we had our first snowfall two days ago. Thankfully, all of the tropical plants are happily tucked away in the heated greenhouses, where snow and freezing temperatures can do them no harm. However, we are not ready at the farm for snow and we were all relieved that there was very little accumulation this time. My farm crew needs to get busy erecting the bamboo framing around all of the shrubs for the winter burlap covers. Once that job is complete, I'll feel better about any further forecasts of snow.
1 Fortunately, this early first snowfall was merely a dusting because nothing on the farm has been covered with burlap yet. A heavy snow could have damaged shrubs, like the boxwood in this long allee.
2 These upright posts line all of the carriage roads on the farm during the winter. They mark the edge for the snow plow.
3 Dusted with snow, the allee of linden looked like balls of fluff.
4 Passing by 2 weeping cheery trees
5 Approaching the allee from the backside of the stable
6 Beneath the allee with just a few yellowed leaves remaining
7 The tall pines looked so stately against a wintery sky.
8 The snow was light and fluffy and fell between the blades of grass.
9 This is one of four Sargent crabapples planted near the little tenant house.
10 The crabapple berries are a favorite food of birds.
11 A view across a paddock
12 Rufus, Clive, and Billy seemed a bit confused staring out from their shelter.
13 A couple of young beech trees holding onto their leaves
14 An alley between paddocks - This long building contains a 4-bay carport, a flower room, a generator room, and my blog studio.
15 Looking in the other direction towards the chicken coops
16 Another beautiful beech
17 It's interesting how some beech trees drop their leaves while other retain them.
18 Another overall view
19 The windy road into the woods
20 This is the pin oak allee, also with plenty of dried leaves.
21 Another look at the pin oaks which run alongside the equipment barn
22 The long pergola and the bald cypress trees
23 The pinetum, planted on a hillside, looks magical dusted with snow.
24 Dorji Sherpa leading Sasa out for some snow exposure
25 The grove of dawn redwood, or metasequoia
26 These dawn redwoods drop their needles.
27 More paddock fencing with the roof of my house peeking over the top
28 This fencing looks great with snow.
29 More carriage road
30 The far hayfield
31 Into the woods
32 The terrace garden - This, too, will soon be covered with burlap.
33 The view from my kitchen door
34 The apple espalier with the last remaining apples
35 The shade garden adjacent to the greenhouse