Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Light Dusting of Snow

By now, I'm sure you've all heard about Austin's excitement over a wee bit of snow on Tuesday. I was completely jaded and didn't believe any of the weathercasters that the snow would actually materialize.

And then, lo and behold, snowflakes the size of Texas fluttered down. I had to get out the camera, not just to document the snow but to take advantage of how the light dusting of snow would cover my garden's bare spots and make all the remaining plants seem that much more beautiful.See how that works? You almost don't even notice the big hole in the lower left where I planted an American beautyberry. It became the 15th or so victim of that particularly deadly spot. I think it's finally time to take Annie in Austin's advice and stick a pretty pot there.Here again see how the fluffy white stuff around the iriess distract the eye from the dead Turk's cap and presumably dead crinums to the right? (Yes, MSS, those are the crinums you gave me. They looked great for a while but the January freeze hit them hard.)These snowcapped wine bottles created a Mount Tempranillo, hiding the weeds hiding behind them. (If you look carefully, there are also a ton of poppy and larkspur seedlings. I didn't kill everything MSS of Zanthan Gardens gave me.)Here the snow distracts you from noticing that I accidentally took a picture of my dog relieving herself, or maybe the snow just distracted me.

In some areas of the yard, I think only a thick blanket of snow could beautify them, although there is something majestic about these tools accidentally left out in the snow. OK, just me?

Now here's where we'd need a snowicane or snowmageddeon to make things beautiful:But what is beautiful is that my husband has promised me that this remodeling debris will be heading to the dump this weekend.


  1. Ours was a little deeper, but couldn't hide dead (or hopefully dormant) plants either.
    My Amarcrinum have bloomed after having the whole tops killed off in other winters, Vertie - some of them are supposed to be hardy in Zone 7 so they'd better come back!

    It should be a perfect weekend for a drive to the dump... not hot and not raining.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  2. I didn't believe the weather forecasters, either. You could have bowled me over with a feather when those big pfluffy flakes started falling! Love your irises...and the dog relief pic made me laugh (totally like something I would have done, for sure).

  3. HAhaha. I almost took pictures of my ugly stuff with snow on it too! Including my own bucket of thinset and a stack of paint cans waiting to be used. I think that's a great pic of your dog.

  4. It was a beautiful, beautiful day. I just wished it had kept snowing. Here it snowed for a few minutes and then would rain. Every time I went to take photos the rain would wash away the snow. I was envious of all the snow Annie got.

  5. Hope you didn't lose any good plants, we had about 4+ inches. I have a lot of dead plants after 2snows and many night of freezing temps.

    Praying for spring.

  6. I love your take on this! Sort of the way I felt too. I rather envy Northerners who just forget it all for awhile. Don't worry: the crinums and turks cap will be back. If they were itty bitty crinums, hmmm, not sure, but crinums are pretty tough. And doncha know: I ran out to get a picture of the dog & all he did was poop, then race back inside. And oh yea, the last time it snowed, we were doing some house work & I have great pics of the debris in the snow. Ah, fond memories.