I’ve waxed poetic in the past about how pretty some plants look wearing little snow caps and the magical quality of plants covered in hoar frost. Yes, winter in the northern garden can be beautiful. But, not with the kind of snow we got last night and are expected to get through Sunday morning.
I stepped out about 7 this morning to walk the dog and we slogged through an inch or more of wet glop on the sidewalks (more than 2 inches on the grass), then faced little stick pins of sleet as we walked into the north wind. The forecast has been hard to pin down because this is one of those storms that can be all rain, all snow, or some combination. (For those who forgot over the summer, an inch of rain equals roughly 10 inches of snow.) But, it looks like we will end up somewhere around 5 to 7 inches of snowishness.
Despite the weather, I had a garden chore that had to be done this morning. Just last night, I’d read an entry on the Knecht’s blog about the importance of snipping your hydrangea blooms before winter. Last year, I did not do this and, due to the type of snow we had, experienced no problems. But looking at my little hydrangea tree out front this morning, I knew there was no time to waste in getting the ice-covered blooms off. I put the blooms in a bucket to dry and hope to use them in some of my holiday pots.