This was the scene just a week ago–roses in about 7 inches of snow.
Now, yes, Connecticut has gotten snow earlier than this, and it’s even gotten more snow earlier than this, with catastrophic results. But this still isn’t common, as these blooming roses indicate!
This is a very wintery scene from my backyard. Much of this is gone now because we’ve had a couple of very cold rains (36 degrees and rain–ugh–but at least it wasn’t more snow–or ice!)
Here you can see how many leaves were still on the trees when the snow fell.
And finally, this is my raised bed. I didn’t grow much that was edible in here this year because of last year’s poisoning. Still, I put some parsley in it, hoping for some swallowtail larva. I got a few near the end of the season, meaning, I hope, that our washout of a summer has finally cleansed this bed and I might at least be able to grow edibles again next year.
But notice the spikes standing up right at the front of the photo–that’s evidence that something was eating the parsley right before the snow fell–so again, at least the parsley’s edible!
At this point, summer seems a long way off–but as Mark Twain once said, if you don’t like the weather here, wait 5 minutes!
Coastal redwoods drop limbs in the snow. They just were not designed for the weight. Although some coastal redwoods live for thousands of years, there are some who have never seen snow. It is rare in most of their natural range. Although much of California almost never gets snow, parts of California are the snowiest places in America.
I remember seeing some of those “snow tunnels” along the roads in California a few years back.
Our Eastern white pines do exactly the same thing. After every early heavy snow and late snow, my yard is littered with branches. I know I have posted photos of it. You would think, as a native, these trees would adapt but they haven’t..
The Japanese maples, there’s no excuse for those. They are pretty–but this is the same tree that threw a limb down on top of my car last March. Luckily, no damage. I had it pruned this summer to try to avoid another mishap–so this storm, the branches just laid on my car. I am not sure if that’s progress….
So beautifully written!