April 17, 2014
Will Winter Ever Leave Us?
After a severe and bleak winter, we were finally enjoying some spring-like weather here in the northeast. Cheerful spring flowers were beginning to bloom and there was a fresh spring aroma in the air. We even started to replace some of the storm windows with screens - and then it happened - winter took us by surprise and reappeared, temperatures plunged, and snow fell. It was cold enough to cause some real damage. This is a real shame because after waiting all winter for the cheerful blooms of spring, it's quite sad to see tulips frozen as they were just about to bloom and other flowers zapped from freezing temperatures. Did you experience this, as well?
1 This is what I woke up to yesterday morning.
2 With a good stretch of mild temperatures, all of the burlap coverings had been removed from shrubbery.
3 I never anticipated a snowfall like this in the middle of April.
4 A blanket of heavy snow covered everything!
5 Snow on boxwood pulls the branches apart.
6 The sun was on its way up, but the temperatures were below freezing.
7 The sentiments of everyone - enough is enough!
8 This boxwood was splayed by heavy, icy snow! This was April 16th - please!!!!!!!
9 Last November I would have told you how pretty this looked.
10 The sun was attempting to break over the cold horizon, hopefully to melt this unfortunate snow.
11 The sun inched over the horizon.
13 Hopefully, the boxwood will not have broken under the cruel weight of this icy snow. This is why we wrap all the shrubs so diligently and unwrap them after threat of snow has passed!
14 And to think that in just a few days this table will be set with the Easter repast? Burr!
15 The zigzag shape of this boxwood is pronounced covered in snow.
16 A few hours later, things looked much the same.
17 It remained too cold for the snow to melt quicly.
18 The grass was getting so green - where is it?
19 So many plants were coming up in the beds beneath the long pergola.
20 The large cast iron fire pit was placed in its summer location on the big lawn.
21 The big lawn stretches from the corn crib to the pin oak allee.
22 Looking back towards the house
23 Fortunately, most of the long daffodil border had not yet bloomed.
24 Hopefully, with the freezing temperatures, the buds will still unfurl and bloom.
25 The new Summer House garden
26 Looking towards the herbaceous peony bed and my house beyond
27 The miniature donkeys are not keen about snow.
28 On days like this, they'd rather be in the stable.
29 My home across the paddock
30 One of my big boys
31 The allee of linden - Any crocuses blooming here are certainly frozen.
32 A couple of survivors - a grape hyacinth and chionodoxa
33 The raised beds in the vegetable garden were being formed.
34 Once the sun was high enough, the snow melted from surfaces rapidly.