Winter Enthusiasm

It’s snowing and it’s been snowing.  It’s cold as well.  Oddly enough the arrival of something close to a winter has me wondering how I ever managed to survive winter before.  Trust me next week’s lows that hover around 0F (-17C) aren’t helping, and although it’s one night and we are guaranteed at least a foot or two of protective snow cover, it’s still co-co-cold!

snowdrops in snow

These snowdrops survived lows in the teens, but down to zero will be a problem so I’m grateful for the snow.  By the way this isn’t the snow, this is just some nuisance frost which has accumulated over the past week.

I just looked outside and it appears we’re about a foot and a half into new snow.  It’s doubtful I’ll be sharing photos of all that but I figured I’d let you know.

camellia in cold winter

The snow won’t be deep enough to cover the camellias so I guess they’re in for a cold-hardiness test.  I can’t tell if this is a good look or not, but it’s green and not brown so that’s a plus.

Actually the most dangerous thing about snow and cold are the online temptations.  Seed exchanges, seed orders, plant orders, delusions about trees I need and new bulbs I have to have are a daily struggle.  I know you can share my pain if not appreciate my resolve, and so far my only real transgression has been five pounds of mixed caladium bulbs.  According to some estimates that’s about 100 caladiums, and thats obviously a few more than I need.

double orange amaryllis

Time to hide out in the winter garden.  This double amaryllis and a few geraniums are all that’s new right now but as will happen, cuttings and seedlings always start showing up out of nowhere 🙂 

So I hope the snow finds you well and for those in milder climates who are missing it, well I suspect you’re not really missing it at all and you’ll be just fine.  In any case we’re a month past the winter equinox and this is when our average temperatures begin to climb once again… regardless of the ten day forecast.

29 comments on “Winter Enthusiasm

  1. I for one would like to see a picture of the snow, with something to give a sense of scale.

    • bittster says:

      No. I’m quite tired of the snow and even more tired of the ice it is turning in to.
      Sorry, I’m just kidding! To tell the truth I still get excited when there’s more snow on the way and I hope we still get a few more ski days in.
      I didn’t bother measuring though. It was enough to slog through it to go sledding so I’m just going to say it was deep enough to exhaust me. I think you got about the same, and as I’m thinking about the slogging I’m wondering if maybe snowshoes would be fun.

  2. Paddy Tobin says:

    I can admire your snow and am delighted this admiration is from a great distance as I certainly don’t wish to see it here. Stay safe and well and I hope the plants all survive.

    • bittster says:

      Smart man. Yesterday I dug out a five gallon bucket which is covering ‘Potter’s Prelude’. He’s still fine down there and it’s fun to think he’s been in flower since the last week of November. Two and a half months, not bad!

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I love snow. Of course I don’t have to get out in it. We don’t have snow right now and it is to be a high of 9 here. I too am wondering if buds will survive and now I am glad all the leaves are piled up on many things. Your amaryllis is pretty. The only bloom I have here is one orchid that has a few blooms.

    • bittster says:

      I hope you’re making out alright in this cold snap! For some reason we’re not really supposed to get it bad here, just more snow. Snow I can deal with.
      I’m glad you admitted to loving snow. I don’t need it in April, but I love a big snowstorm in the middle of winter… assuming all else is well in the world. This particular stretch of snow is getting me antsy, but seriously January was pretty warm and we used to get this stuff for a couple months and not just three weeks!

  4. Cathy says:

    We have had lots of snow but it has mostly gone again after a big thaw last weekend. Fresh snow is always lovely. The inbetween stage when it goes icy and slushy is the worst bit! I hope those temperatures rise and your treasures all survive!

    • bittster says:

      I think everything is doing just fine under the snow, but with warmer weather today I suspect a lot of ice will be underneath the newest snow and cold which is arriving in another day or so. One more week and it’s March, and both the increasing day length and promising ten day forecast are saying this won’t last forever.

  5. We’re at about a foot of snow. All I can think about is the difficulty of trudging with the trash to the alley. We were having a very easy winter until this week, and that was fine with me.

    • bittster says:

      One more week and I see a break in the cold and maybe a return to easy winter for a few more days. Hopefully spring has been notified to step in soon and we can put another winter down as finished.

  6. pbmgarden says:

    The amaryllis is beautiful as is the snow. Not a huge fan of snow here anymore as it is so difficult to get around on the mostly unplowed roads, but I was wishing Sunday we’d had snow instead of rain. It seemed like a foot of rain! 🌧 ☔️

    • bittster says:

      I hope you’ve also made it through the latest round of weather. February has been a surprise after that mild January we had!
      I’m looking forward to seeing spring arrive at your garden. It always gives me hope to see it start down there and begin its creep North. Not much longer now!

      • pbmgarden says:

        Appreciate your encouragement Frank! I’ll do my best to send spring your way, but first we must pause for an ice storm tonight. Ground is so saturated losing trees is a worry. But we really have been safe and snug so I should quite complaining as so many others have had much worse to deal with. Meanwhile it was 60 degrees yesterday and and sun did shine; only 41 today. Cheers.

  7. Tim C says:

    Who wouldn’t want to see pictures of the skillfully carved snow trenches and walls you will doubtless be creating?

    • bittster says:

      We tried a sled run a’la Harold but it didn’t even come close! The snow fort was also not worth showing, it didn’t even have a roof or overnight capacity… I think we will have another chance Thursday in the next round of snow 🙂

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    I heard that PA got walloped and have been thinking about you and your snowdrops under all that snow. At least they will be protected from the bitter temps, but you still have to shovel it. 😉

    • bittster says:

      Yes! The snow was excellent protection from the cold, and I didn’t have to worry about a thing this time. Plus for once they had enough sense to hold off on growing, even though January kept telling them it would be ok. In my usual pre-spring optimism I’m going to say things will be amazing in a few weeks 🙂
      Until the first hailstorm of course…

  9. Such restraint, Frank, ordering only caladiums with all the on-line temptations. I’ve been far less disciplined. But with two feet of snow, what else could I do?

    • bittster says:

      I will be the last person to ever judge a winter plant purchase. This week I survived an obsession with oriental poppies and a delusion that I’d be supplying the entire neighborhood with all kinds of obscure vegetables. My next obstacle will be vendors at the Galanthus Gala. It’s all set to be online and I’m not sure how my resolve can hold up to plant lists of obscure goodies that might sell out within a few minutes or hours. Oh the struggle… and more snow on the way Thursday!

  10. Deborah Banks says:

    Maybe you can resell some of the caladiums at the Ithaca plant sale and make a killing. Haven’t heard yet if it is a go, but ACNARGS said they are planning to do something either way.
    And yes, I’d like to see those skillfully carved snow walls and forts.

    • bittster says:

      Hahaha, I’d never make a killing selling plants! I could never part with my favorites and I’d likely give away the rest to anyone I thought would give them a good home.
      I’m sure they could do something workable for Ithaca. Maybe a good part of it would have to move outdoors, and there would be more directions for people movement and one way traffic, but I think it could be done safely. Nothing’s ever risk free of course.
      Sadly no skillfully carved snow forts this year. Some were attempted, but skillful? Far from it! We had fun though 🙂

  11. Cathy says:

    Lovely, lovely snow! Rather it than our current endless rain. You are very self-disciplined, Frank, as someone else says above. I’m currently more occupied finding my way out of the Brexit nursery frustration, rather than actually ordering (at least it’s cheaper!). Take care.

    • bittster says:

      Oh my how things can change in a week or so! Your endless rain was replaced with snow, and your resolve has cracked and new plants have made their way to the garden. Not bad at all if you ask me 🙂

  12. So snowy and cold here, we just note when the temps get above minus temps during the day. Today it got up to 0°F at 3 pm. Yahoo. Luckily we had the Impeachment this week to take our minds off the weather.

    • bittster says:

      I can’t even comment on your lows. Ugh.
      At least things look a little better next week, and I hope it stays that way. I don’t think there will be any more impeachments coming along to get our minds off the weather… at least not for the next four years I suspect!

  13. Have you melted at all yet? I still can’t see what passes for my lawn anywhere. *sigh* I keep hoping for 3 days of rain and temps about 50 in order to get rid of all this stuff quickly!

    • bittster says:

      You and me both… I don’t see the rain coming, but warmer weather is on the horizon! Probably a good thing for us that there’s not much rain. With all the snow here in PA and covering upstate NY, a two day rain/thaw is pretty much a guaranteed flood event.

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