hydrangea blossoming

hydrangea blossoming
Hydrangea on the Edge of Blooming

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Winter, No Kidding

Winter didn't really arrive this year; more like it attacked us.  We occasionally get snow in November, but mostly it's not until December in my experience, and some years it's virtually no snow in any month at all.  But when we do begin with the snow, it is almost always on a day wherein the temperature is about 40 degrees F. and you look out the window and there are great big fat snow flakes falling fast, oh so fast, and by the end of the day, there is no snow on the ground because the ground is too warm to sustain snow.

But this year, not.  It came down a little at a time, the air temperature was below freezing, and the ground accommodated to the freezing temperature slowly and thoroughly.  So not only was there snow on the ground after that first snow fall, but it was icy and crystally, and it looks to stay that way for more than a day or so because it keeps on being below freezing.  Today, nothing melted as far as I could see. And they are predicting several more days of the same.

On my kitchen table is a list of garden chores I was getting around to doing.  Next on the list of things that haven't been done: "Bury pots with hydrangea cuttings before it freezes."  I got one of the three pots in the ground last week.  But the other two are out there in the snow ;are, in fact, buried in snow.  Sigh....

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