Monday, December 7, 2009

Surprise in the Morning

I don't know how I missed the forecast, but the weather guys are saying they told us it was going to happen. When I awoke this morning and opened the blinds, I was surprised to find that we've got snow! Not a lot, mind you, but enough to whitewash the landscape and produce a smile on my face. I've always said, if it has to be winter, then let there be snow.

The thermometer said 26° F. but if I was going to get any photos, the outside wasn't coming inside to me, so I bundled up and headed out. Snow was still falling lightly and I was aware of how snow hushes everything. It's a special kind of quiet that allows even the smallest sounds of nature to be heard.

Cyclamen coum 'Something Magic'

A woodpecker was hard at work off in the distance, and a nuthatch much closer, chattering away. As I walked across the lawn, my boots produced that familiar squeak that only snow can make. Though the air was cold, it was crisp and fresh and it felt good to breathe it in.

Gaillardia 'Oranges and Lemons'

Any of the flowers that were still blooming before the snow - roses, gaillardia, xeranthemum, dianthus, mums, petunias - had breathed their last. The succulent-type vining plant in the flower boxes that I couldn't decide if I wanted to overwinter or not, made that decision for me as they hung limply over the sides of the boxes.

There are things to love about winter, but a few weeks of it are enough for me. By the time Christmas and New Year's are over and January has set in, I'm ready for spring and the appearance of those bulbs I planted just this past weekend.

In the meantime, I'll try to focus on the good things and in just three short months, the snowdrops and crocus will be pushing their way out of the ground and the promise of warm weather will be a reality.


Fellow blogger Nancy Bond, of Soliloquy (Nova Scotia, Canada) is hosting the First Snow Project, which features blog posts about first snows of the season from all over the world. Check it out!


Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It's fun seeing everyone's snow today. I wish we'd get some here. I love that quiet sound when it snows, that's one of my favorite thing about it. Your flowers looks so pretty in the snow.

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

It is a miracle and so very beautiful. I'm longing for some snow now, it make it so much lighter outside and we need that in December.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am surprised you still had flowers Kylee. They look pretty with the snow on them. I am sure they don't think that.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Glad you didn't hear the forecast so the light sprinkling of icing sugar was a real surprise for you this morning.

Your garden looks lovely in her transparent white robes. Enjoy!

Pam/Digging said...

Pretty pictures, Kylee, and your description reminds me of the long-ago joys of a snowfall (from my childhood in S.C.).

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Kylee your blog is looking so pretty with the winter theme !
We are all sharing the same weather too .. ours has develpoed into two storms ... and today is bad .. oh well .. we will certainly have a WHITE Christmas for sure ?? LOL

Melanie J Watts said...

I gave a start when I saw that frozen bird them I realized it was fake:) How long does winter last in Ohio and how cold does it get?

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

It's kind of sad to see blooms with snow on them, but all good things must end. Snow does seem to have a Best Before January date to it. By February, we're all starting to go a little stir crazy, but in December, it's just perfect.

Anonymous said...

Your first snowfall is simply beautiful, Kylee -- I've added your link to the project page. Thanks for the link and for participating! :)

Nutty Gnome said...

Oh I love snow! I'm so jealous you've got some ....we've just got rain, rain and more rain!

Unknown said...

That first snow is always nice...we've had two, a monsoon, another few flurries, and now galeforce winds today. Welcome to winter, right?

Anonymous said...

I really like your stone and grass arrangement. I may have to steal that idea.

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