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Good in the snow

Tuesday 16 December 2008 - Filed under Plants

I don’t mean to be an ingrate. I spend the entire year wishing for snow, and this year we got it, and it even stuck around, when we are usually lucky if we get to keep it around for a few hours. But this snow? I’m just going to say it. Sucks. Proper snow is everywhere. Snow on the roof tops, snow on the trees, everywhere you look it’s white, the city sounds all hushed. I hardly think it counts when it was so windy and the snow was so fine and powdery, by the end of the day, the only snow to be found was on the ground. Enough to be inconvenient, a little bit pretty, but I’m left still wanting ACTUAL snow.

Before everything blew away though, I got a little good snow in the garden. I do love the way it reduces your garden to silhouettes. When it’s the first good freeze, when nothing has died back yet, it works even better than taking a black and white picture of your garden, to see if the design a snore if you take the color away. Everyone does that, right?

The gunnera leaves were the best, collecting snow in the leaves like a bowl, leaving the leaf outline peeking out.

Gunnera in snow

The Colocasia black magic is probably toast, it’s not hardy here, I’m just going to have to look for it again next year. It’s a pretty contrast in the snow, though.

Colocasia black magic in snow

Ferns are some of my favorite snow plants, they have great shape, especially with the leaves peeking out.

Tomorrow we have the possibility of more snow, but we also might pop up over freezing briefly and see some rain, which would be lame. They never know what the weather’s going to do, but I’m hoping for an honest snow storm this time.

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2008-12-16  »  megan

Talkback x 5

  1. Patricia
    16 December 2008 @ 9:53 am

    HEY, wait a minute. When I said my colocasia probably wouldn’t make it, and that I’d buy another next summer, someone who looks just like you told me to get out there and dig it up–and I did!

  2. philip
    16 December 2008 @ 11:22 am

    These are wonderful images…the gunnera and fern in the snow!

  3. easygardener
    16 December 2008 @ 1:04 pm

    I agree – snow should be real snow – thick, crisp and sticking to everything. I’m hoping for some too!

  4. nonlineargirl
    16 December 2008 @ 6:52 pm

    That freeze unfreeze refreeze thing that happens here is annoying.

    The problems with Sunday’s snow for us were (1) dry snow can’t easily be made into a snowman by even the most excited toddler and (2) the wind was blowing so hard that none of us wanted to be outside for more than 10 minutes at a time. Looks like tomorrow’s forecast is for the same thing.

  5. megan
    17 December 2008 @ 7:47 am

    Patricia – but yours is special. Gigantea. If you start over next year, how will the leaves ever get to 6 feet across?
    Phillip – thank you!
    easygardener – good luck on the snow front!
    nonlineargirl – that’s if we’re lucky. The grumpy channel 12 weatherman says we’re just getting rain. Rain is stupid.