Two feet or more of snow is currently dumping itself on the gardens in my Virginia neighborhood and much of the mid-Atlantic.
It's good insulation and protection for the garden, particularly since our temperatures have been colder than usual. Jean (Jean's Garden) addressed this issue in one of her recent posts, Snow In The Garden. My only regret in that regard is not being able to check to see if my hellebore plants are beginning to bloom yet. The snow has covered them up for quite some time and with more coming-well, let's just say it won't be next week when I find out!
Wanting to participate in Nancy's 'First Snowfall Project', I've hesitated because our 'very first' snow was nothing but a bunch of flurries. But with this being our third snowstorm since December, it's time to connect with her. Nancy, I'll be sending you my snowy post this weekend!
December's snowstorm was in the two foot range. January saw another small storm. And just two days ago our county schools were closed because of snow we had Tuesday night. This next one promises to wreak havoc around town, but it's coming near the weekend, so I'm hopeful that many problems will be reduced. The Governor of Virginia declared a 'state of emergency' yesterday, so preparations were underway in advance. Announcements of our school closings were made last night, as well.
I'm sitting here watching it come down, waiting for some photo ops! Prepare for bluebird action, and hopefully cardinals and many other 'backyard birds' in my next snowy post! At least, that's what I'm hoping to see. We have a heated birdbath and provide black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower nuts, safflower seeds and suet. You could offer much less and still have birds visit your yard, if you're interested. The main draw, I'm convinced, is the fresh water. Lower down on my left sidebar I've listed the type of heated birdbath and feeders I have. They are outstanding (and I'm not being paid to say that!).
I hope you enjoyed watching my amaryllis unfold!
Lastly, I'm really looking forward to your participation in the Garden Bloggers Sustainable Living project and give away in recognition of Earth Day! Your posts may be linked here through March 1, 2010 to be eligible. Let's share how we all contribute to giving Thanks to Mother Earth!
--Today I am thankful for being able to view the snow from inside a warm house with a bright red amaryllis on my windowsill;-)
Words and photos by Jan Huston DobleThanks For 2 Day.
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