1 At about 6:30am on this cold weekend morning, I looked out the window of my servery and saw much of the farm covered in snow.
2 This photo was taken at about 7am. The snow was fluffy, sitting on all the shrubs of my stone terrace parterre. I love how it outlined the pavers on the ground and on the rim of my huge sugar kettle fire pit.
3 Fortunately, the snow did not snap or break any branches. This is outside my Flower Room looking south past the snow covered weeping Camperdown elms on the left - Camperdown elms are hard and strong.
4 Many of the ornamental urns and planters that are stored indoors for the winter had already been taken out - this snow storm was quite unexpected.
5 Sitting on the stone wall outside my home, is this charming antique bird bath with a lead bird waterer. The decorative bird sitting on the edge is hardly recognizable.
6 The snow seemed to stick to everything, and every branch. This is the dwarf apple espalier behind my long carport.
7 The snow-covered standard lilacs looked like giant puff balls.
8 My Chow Chow puppy, Peluche, loved romping through the snow in the south paddock.
9 These iconic apple trees have been here for many, many years and I always worry about them getting damaged. This view outside my kitchen is among my favorites.
10 The snow-capped hedges looked so artistic. The V-shaped pattern is called chevron. The word is usually used in reference to a kind of fret in architecture.
11 Looking toward my Summer House from the terrace - a bit of gold witch hazel amidst the snow covered April garden.
12 By this time, the snow had slowed down quite a bit, but it was a windy morning under the beautiful early cloud filled skies.
13 Here is a view looking up at the Winter House from the carriage road. The blue sky was moving in.
14 The Gravenstein apple espalier was also decorated with fluffy snow. 'Gravenstein' apples are great dessert and culinary fruits. They are just some of the thousands of apples we pick at the farm every year.
15 Corylus avellana, commonly called curly filbert, walking stick, European hazel or cobnut, is a deciduous, multi-trunked, thicket-forming shrub. Its curly branches draw lots of attention from visitors.
16 The blowing snow covered much of the boxwood, but thankfully it didn't weigh them down too heavily or splay any of their branches.
17 This is the herbaceous peony bed - buds were already beginning to emerge and could be seen peeking through the blanket of snow.
18 Here is a view of the back of my Summer House. This is the courtyard where many of my tropical plants are put on display during warm weather.
19 Six ornamental stone planters - the heavy, fluffy snow piled up on the rims, while all the snow on the stone patio had already melted. I like to protect my garden urns from winter's harsh elements by wrapping them with heavy plastic and burlap - the coverings had just been removed for the season.
20 This is the sunken Ginkgo and boxwood garden behind my Summer House. The majestic Ginkgo tree is the focal point of this space and has been here for hundreds of years.
21 The sun began to shine through the clouds as I walked past the tree peony border.
22 The snow made interesting clumps on the lawns. It all looked so beautiful, but it didn't last long - the snow melted within three-hours after it fell.
23 Just the day before, this daffodil border was bursting with color from the blooming daffodils - I think they are okay.
24 Peluche was eager to inspect everything.
25 I loved how the snow covered this area of grass. In this patch, the fluffy snow seemed to decorate only the tufts, leaving lots of bright green in between them.
26 Here is Peluche again as we continued along the daffodil border toward the stable.
27 Through the snowy paddock fencing, Billie, Clive and Rufus walked single-file to greet young Peluche.
28 Here is my Allee of Linden - I love this allee, and only wish it was longer. As these trees grow, the trunks stand like pillars and their branches are covered with dense foliage, making them a great choice for a beautifully sculpted allee.
29 On one side of the allee is my peafowl pen. My peacock and peahens were not too excited about this storm. It was cold and very windy, so they remained inside their cozy coop.
30 Fortunately, it was not damaging snow - a stronger storm system would have been detrimental to the great Boxwood Allee. The upright stakes, usually marking the road for our snow equipment, had just been removed.
31 I loved how sunny skies followed the gray, stormy clouds in this photo. This is one of two horse chestnut trees at the foot of the Boxwood Allee. Aesculus hippocastanum is a large deciduous tree with flowers that provide rich nectar and pollen to insects during summer.
32 Here is a view of my home and my long carport from the stable courtyard - look at the menacing cloud cover above.
33 Another view looking north at my home from the Boxwood Allee through the south paddock.
34 Just a couple weeks before, all the boxwood was wrapped securely in protective burlap.
35 Just inside both of these paddocks are younger linden trees - I planted this allee several years ago. The linden tree, Tilia, is also referred to as basswood or lime, though it is not related at all to the lime fruit. They are straight stemmed trees with smooth bark.
36 G.K. rode comfortably in the Kawasaki as I drove around the farm. He would have loved to run through the fields, but he also loves to explore on his own, so I tend to keep him close by.
37 Here, my large Equipment Barn could be seen through the trees.
38 This is a view looking back toward the stable from the opposite end of the Boxwood Allee - the skies look to be brightening a little.
39 And, while everything seemed to be laden with snow, the stately white pines stood bold and green in the landscape.
40 The Pin Oak Allee showing the very recognizable branches - lower branches that hang down, horizontal middle branches and upright upper branches forming a most interesting growth habit. The pin oak is one of the most popular trees for landscaping because it's so easy to transplant and is very hardy.
41 This is a look down the Pin Oak Allee from the other side. My large Equipment Barn is on the right.
42 This section of 100-year old Canadian white spruce fencing is adjacent to my grove of American beech trees. The American beech, or Fagus grandifolia, is the species of beech tree native to the eastern United States and Canada.
43 Another bit of color in the snowy landscape - a grove of yellow weeping willows along the edge of the lower hayfield.
44 I call this the little woodland folly. It sits deep in the woods surrounded by many small plantings that had just begun to emerge. The crew had also recently blown the thick layer of leaves that protected them from the cold.
45 Down by the Maple Avenue House is this thriving forsythia. Its sunny splash of bright gold flowers is the forsythia's calling card announcing the return of spring - it, too, was surprised by the April snow.
46 This is the curvy road through the Japanese maple tree grove. All the young saplings are doing very well.
47 We passed by the two weeping cherry trees near the stable. Underneath the real snow, these trees were already covered with snow-like blooms. Depending on the weather, their blooms may only last a week or two, but that's what makes them so special.
48 The skies above looked so bleak - definitely more like February than April. I wonder what the birds were thinking.
49 Here, it is easy to see just how windy it was - the winds reached up to about 40-miles per hour. The snow was blowing strong through the trees.
50 The flower garden was nearly all covered in a blanket of white, disguising the beautiful fritillaria, iris, and poppies that had already begun to bloom.
51 During winter, I put up bird feeders along the decorative wooden rafter tails of the clematis pergola for all our avian friends who love to perch on the beams overhead, but they are removed once spring arrives and nature's food is more abundant.
52 Outside my blogging studio is one of the property's original apple trees - supported by our natural wood trunk crutches. I am always glad when these old trees survive storms unscathed.