Sunday, April 3, 2016

Winter Storm Watch

I was not sure what to expect when I awoke this morning.  There was talk of snowing, blowing and frigid temperatures.  Ed and I had decided that this would be a great day to stay cozy  in the warm house.  We did get snow overnight.  This morning when we woke up at about 7:30 the garden looked beautiful.  I love the way it looks when it has a new blanket of snow.  April snow is common here.  It just happens that this year snow has been uncommon here.  I missed it.

Snow was perched on top of the wires of  the cage that had been placed over my Siberian squill.  The daffodils that were open had a similar topping.  It was calm and quiet but not for long.  I watched as it began to snow again and the wind picked up.  Swirls of snow danced along the ridge.  Wind whistled around the house drifting snow in some places and leaving others bare.

By lunch time the  ridge disappeared in a cloud of white.  Sometimes the snow was falling straight down at an incredible rate.  Other times it seemed to fly past the window parallel to the ground never landing on the garden at all.

One thing about winds like that, they move the clouds right along.  Dark storm clouds were replaced by fluffy white clouds and patches of blue sky.  The April sun is strong and despite the cold, the snow began to melt.  On the south side of the house the roof dripped like crazy.  On the North side the dripping was slow enough for icicles to form.

Now the cage has no more snow and the Siberian squill are uncovered again. The bed on the south side of the house is nearly naked.  Most of the stone garden paths are free of snow.  If you look closely the yellow of daffodils can be seen inside the square.  For some of the garden the snow is here today and gone today.  Now the warm April sun is dropping behind the hill.  The temperature will drop too.  When I first came to live here in upstate New York I was told, " If you don't like the weather, wait it will change."  Today it was fun to watch!

1 comment:

Indie said...

The weather is so unpredictable in Spring! This week we've had snow, dropping temperatures, warm sun, heavy rain, and hail, immediately followed by sun. The snow was pretty, and I'm so thankful we got some before the temperatures dropped in order to insulate the plants!