Snow-More

The Ground hog saw his shadow in Pennsylvania yesterday and wisely retreated back in his burrow.  CT ground hogs surely did the same and today’s snow proved them wise too.  Margaret at  Away to Garden talks about the flabby beasts in her most recent post, and she did get me laughing in this otherwise dull season for gardeners.  This day calls for observing the snow fall,IMG_5511 feeding the birds, IMG_5515and of course, healthy doses of poetry.

Snow-flakes

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Out of the bosom of the Air,
      Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
      Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
            Silent, and soft, and slow
            Descends the snow.
Even as our cloudy fancies take
      Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
      In the white countenance confession,
            The troubled sky reveals
            The grief it feels.
This is the poem of the air,
      Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
      Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
            Now whispered and revealed
            To wood and field.IMG_5519
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About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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9 Responses to Snow-More

  1. Pauline says:

    Lovely snow scenes as long as you’re nice and warm and cosy inside!

  2. bittster says:

    I hope you’re ready to “repeat as necessary” -the weather forecast around here is reaffirming my faith in the groundhog :)

  3. miss b says:

    Beautiful snowy scenes. I love snow as long as I don’t have to drive in it!!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

  4. I love the picture of the Cardinals and Juncos in the tree.

  5. I think many gardens look wonderful in snow as does your garden. I too like the tree full of songbirds.

  6. Linda says:

    Beautiful series of photos.

  7. Patrick says:

    What a wonderful clean image of the patio garden with the snow showing all its potential. It would be glorious to take that perspective on shots for each season for extended drop shots of your garden to create a little slideshow. Would help to make a list of plants to be edited out and those areas to be extended. Keep an attractive watering can or the like in each shot to help with projections for the correct width and height of future selections. Not a bad idea, don’t you think?

    • Great idea Patrick! It is an area that doesnt get a lot of attention. A septic pipe runs beneath and we used gravel in that area because it is the “dogs” play pen, and therefore you know what goes on in there! I have astilbe and hosta and epimedium planted in the squares, but we lost a major beech tree in one of the storms, and they arent happy there anymore because of all the snow. A work in progress. You have had enormous challenges, and I am so glad that you have come out on top of them. Bed sores are unacceptable; this should not happen, and you are right to take them to task. My DAd was in Nursing care for two years and bedridden, up in a wheel chair for part of the day. He never suffered a bed sore. I am so sorry it happened to you. Have you read Charles Kurwalt’s new book? He talks about how he rigged up something so he could read while lying flat after his paralysis.
      We are getting hit with another snow storm today!

  8. Sunil Patel says:

    Hi Jayne, you know, we haven’t had a single snowflake fall in the garden this year. Its enclosed nature means that frost has only crept up on the garden perhaps twice or three times. The winters of the UK and US couldn’t be any more different. No pretty snow white coloured landscapes here. I love the picture of the birds in the tree.

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