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Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tip Toe Through The Tulips ~ Well Almost

It won't be long before the winter garden will be springing forth with splashes of color popping up here and there. And, it really will be SPRING, at least on the calendar.

These tulips are just begging for a little, maybe a lot, more sunshine and less snow.

Let's walk and see what we can see in the garden on this chilly post snowfall morning. It is now in the high 30's and the sun is shinning. It's a good morning. 

The Spiraea "Van Houtte" is sure trying to put on a springtime show.

And the Forsythia "Spring Glory"  is saying "me first".

As you can see, there are many spots in my garden that are still covered with snow. Mostly, where the sun don't shine much.

And, before long, my precious White Hyacinths "Carnegie" will be popping open their sweet faces.
Thanks for walking with me. Even though I have not spent even one minute in the garden or bought a single plant including six-packs for a long time, I will try to look past the messiness and weeds and enjoy all the bursts of colors that are soon to be "My Garden". Now, that is going to take a lot of controlled thinking. Maybe, similar to pain management controlled thinking!

I hope Your Day is Bright and Sunny and filled with Good Things.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Springtime ~ ~ ~ No! No! ~ ~ ~ Not More SNOW

I was just beginning to trust the weather report of only sprinkles of rain. The flowers are starting to bloom, especially the camellias. So, I put together a Spring Table piece. I love bringing flowers into the house and putting little vignettes together. Isn't this pretty?

But, look at what I saw through my dining room window when I got out of bed this morning ! ! ! Is winter ever going to be over?  I waited patiently for the White Stellata Magnolia (see center of photo) to bloom following many snow falls and finally it succeeded. 

It was so beautiful a few days ago.

Have you noticed that many many blogs have  lot of photos of snow this year? It really has been a very white winter.
I hope your day is Fabulous.

Friday, February 25, 2011

It Snowed Again

- - - - Since we visited last Friday, Just as I said, it did indeed snow some more on Saturday night.  This picture of Lilly was taken on Sunday at the home of MSM on the back deck.

Look at all of that snow! This is only five miles drive above where I live. Thank goodness, I did not get this much snow at my elevation.  Unfortunately, his power was out from Thursday evening until Sunday. But, then the phone service went out for a few days. All of the different utility services have been working very hard to remedy the uncomfortable situation.

We decided to get out of the snow for an afternoon on Sunday. So, we drove south and then west to a small Gold Rush town called Mokellume Hill. The sun was shining bright and we had a good time. We visited the Union House which has been recently (three weeks ago) opened after renovation into a cozy dining room with yummy food.  It sits at the corner of Main and Center Street right in the middle of this litle town and has some interesting history.

"'The Union House bears Jeff Tuttle’s name because about two decades ago Jeff conceived the idea of making an old service station over into a beer garden, deli, and community center.

When he became DA of Calaveras County over ten years ago he did not feel it right for the county’s chief law enforcement officer to be running a bar. So he leased, and then sold the property, which fell upon hard times, and was taken back in foreclosure by Jeff’s widow following the sudden death in April of Jeff ." If by chance you are interested in a little more history of this 157 year old building and everything that is planned in the future you can find it here: Union House.

When I say yummy, this is what I mean. The turkey, red onion, lettuce, avocado, cream cheese and cranberry on a fresh croissant sandwich was great. Along with some hot chocolate and I was all set.

We wandered around the tiny town with our dogs on leases and read all of the historical society signs on the very old buildings.

The Mokellume IOOF is said to be California's first three-story building to be erected outside the coastal towns. The original building was erected in 1854 as a two-story building. A third story was added later in 1861.The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), as you probably know is a altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization derived from the similar British Oddfellows service organizations which came into being during the 18th century, at a time when altruistic and  charitable organizations were far less common.

I especially liked the sizable sign on the Blacksmith Shop. I guess it no longer is a "secret".

It has been a crazy week with another storm yesterday. No snow here but about six inches up the road. Another storm on the way for the middle of next week! When is Spring going to pay us another visit, like it did a couple weeks ago?

Hope all of you are Warm and Safe.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The SNOW Is Melting

Yes, the storm finally came and another one is on the way in a day or two. But, for the time being the current snowfall is starting to melt. At my home it started last evening with gusto and continued throughout the night. In addition to the rather heavy snow the electricity went off at 7:30 PM. and did not come back on until early this morning. So, shortly after the power went out I lit my very efficient Aladdin Kerosene Lamp that I bought when I first moved up to the foothills. I have not had to use it very often through the years. But, I am always glad that I have it when needed. This past summer I had it fully serviced by a local lamp specialist (the one and only time) and I am so glad that I did. A couple years ago, I used it to knit by when the power was off. This is what it looked like then.

Since, I did not feel like doing any handwork if I had other options, I starting thinking what I might do to occupy the time until the lights came back on. I remembered that I had a couple DVD's that I had not viewed and that I had  my laptop computer which can run on the batteries. So, I watched EAT PRAY LOVE. It was a fun way to pass the long evening hours. 

Without electricity the house can get very cold. However, that was not the case for me. Fortunately, in 2005 I replaced a wood burning stove in the living room with a great propane burning stove. It is so nice, and Lily really loves it also. 

Speaking of Lily. Look at these small foot prints in the snow. She was so cute when she willingly went out in her red thermal jammies to do her business. I wasn't able to take a photo of her but I sure wish I could have.

These camillia blossoms will  proably be fine since they are in bud form. We just have to wait and see.

 With the melting snow, the creek level is starting to rise below my bridge.

I find the color contrast of this rock and snow interesting.

For a native Southern California gal, I always get a thrill with the amount of snow that has been visiting me here in the foothills. And, we have certainly been getting more in the recent years. There were many years when we did not have snowfall at this elevation of 2,000 foot.

Thanks for sharing my "Snow Thrill" with me.

I send Happy Wishes for a great day to all of you.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

They Are Blooming and The Sun Is Shining

Look at these Ice Princess white tulips. Aren't they elegant and stunning?

And, they aren't white with SNOW!  Can you believe it? These tulips were in snow one week ago!

This is such a strange year in the garden. It is difficult to know what is going on day to day. Some of my garden plants have been very unhappy with all "these goings on" in the garden. They tell me that they are very confused!  

Are you ready for a little trivia about Tulips?  By now, I think you know that I enjoy trivia. So, here goes.

"The tulip is a wildflower said to originate from Persia. In the 1500's tulips were extensively cultivated in Turkey, and because of their resemblance to the "tulbend" a turban worn by Turkish men - - - were called tulipan.

In 1562, tulip bulbs from Constantinople reached Antwerp by ship. Before the turn of the century, tulips had been such a rarity that only the wealthy in Holland could afford them; consequently, tulips became a status symbol for the rich.  However, by the 1620's, buying and selling tulips became an activity for merchants, and "tulip madness" ensued.  Tulip trading crashed in 1637 throwing Holland into financial ruin.  After the Dutch government enforced strict laws for cultivation and selling bulbs, the tulip became the national emblem of Holland." This info is from the Notes From My Cottage Garden blog.

I hope you are having a Grand Day and the SUN is shining where you are.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Forget The Rain Umbrella - IT IS SNOWING

I thought it was going to rain, maybe. But, not snow!  What a surprise to wake up to brightness reflecting into my bedroom window from the white pristine snow! It is so very beautiful. However, it does not thrill me at this time of year like it does in the winter. After all, this is Spring. My garden is going to be very, very confused. And, of course, the weight of the snow has already caused many plants, especially the rose bushes to droop to the ground.

White on white is quite pretty. Don't you think?  Especially, when it is white snow on a white camellia.

I wonder how the flowers  in my garden are going to do with all the snow. Mother Nature has a way of challenging "us gardeners".  We may have plans for our garden by planting certain plants at special times of the year for special bloom time and Mother Nature has different plans and tries to teach us patience and flexibility.

It was just a couple days ago that I was talking to My Special Man about having an afternoon drink sitting at the garden table.  Who knew?

Yes, the white tulips are white before I expected them to be. I was posting about them yesterday. But, had no idea I would be posting a photo so soon, especially with snow instead of open blossoms.

Just look at those snow tipped lovlies!

Have a Great Day.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

When The White Snow Falls


When the white snow falls
as if the sky was floating gently to the ground
The cool air around me
at winter time
blows the snow around in various circles
And the white ground looks as if painted
everywhere around
covered all about
The children
having snowball fights
in the mist of nature's masterpiece
Enjoying themselves
on nature's wonderful time of year
And some inside
on an open fire
roasting marshmellows
'til they're brown and crisp
And others still
inside their homes
decorating trees with shiny ornaments
making nature's masterpiece
even better than it was

-by Alexander


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

More Snow

Stay warm!



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Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014