January 28, 2011


Snow gathers on the alpine bed, which is buried under 7 feet of snow, and deep enough to stop the snow from sliding off of the greenhouse roof. A dangerous situation that needed prompt attention before the glass caved in.

Not to bore you all, but come on! Will is ever end? I do love snow, don't get me wrong, but with over 60 inches this year, and another 14 inches last night, I am reaching my limit. That said, I did spend an hour in the warm, sunny greenhouse today, but only after 5 hours of shoveling snow and shoveling off the wet snow that was clinging to the greenhouse roof. It was so heavy, that I was rushing to shovel as fast as I could, because the sun was heating up the interior so fast. Maybe that is a sign that spring is coming, the sun does feel a little bit stronger.
Picea orientalis 'Skylands', with golden yellow needles.

Happy little duck, they really don't seem to mind all of the snow. We lost another Indian Runner Duck, most likely due to feral cats that live in the woods behind us.

Many paths have to be shoveled around the garden, this one leads to the greenhouse behind the house.

I am always amazed at how some broadleaf evergreens survive our winters. This Euonymus is a self-seeded vine, that clings to our grape arbor. The berries are untouched by the wildlife, which tells us something.

The greenhouse viewed from the livingroom window this morning.

Lydia on the deck. The mound of snow behind her is out glass outdoor picnic table with about 4 feet of snow on it.
Stewartia pseudocamellia bark

While shoveling, I was noticing the bark on the Stewartia ( which I rarely look at, since it grows on the other side of the fence that blocks the gas tank for the greenhouse. It reminds me that I should plant more Stewartia, since their muscular branches and mottled camo bark patterns are so attractive. It looked so nice, that I decided to go look at some of the other trees that have interesting bark in the garden ( I forgot to shoot the nice River Birch near the driveway.

Acer griseum

The coppery bark of Acer griseum (Paper Bark Maple), looks like metal even on this young tree.

Pinus bungeana

Another view of Pinus bungeana, and it's camo-patterned bark, so similar yet different from the Stewartia pseudocamellia in the earlier photo.


  1. What a scary sight to see all that snow on the single pane glass. All your photos of the tree bark are interesting. They look so good because of the background of the snow.

  2. It could very well be a sign that spring is almost here.... but remember last year's Snowpocalypse? That was in February. What is the worst of this winter is yet to come?!

  3. Wow... you do have a lot of "insulation"! I've enjoyed these photos very much... I'm curious as to the age of the Pinus bungeana? Thanks, Larry

  4. I would not be dealing with all that snow as well as you are. It's just too much!!!!


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