We already had a fair amount of snow on the ground here at Juniper Hill even before they predicted yesterday's "bomb cyclone." I think just naming the storm a "bomb cyclone" scared a lot of people into thinking that this was going to be something more than just a good ol' fashion noreaster. It wasn't. Yet, throwing meteorological terms around like "bombogenesis" did have the effect of sending droves of people to the stores to pick up extra supplies. And, as usual and for some reason I still don't understand, toilet paper and milk were the first things to sell out. And, shovels! What is it that makes some people wait until the night before a big storm to go out and purchase a snow shovel? And, what happened to their snow shovels from last year? Did they actually lose them over the summer? I have had the same snow shovel for fifteen years!
I love walking around the garden in the winter and I enjoy it every bit as much as I do in the summer. If you planned your garden to have strong bones, or architecture, then a winter garden will continue to bring you satisfaction until spring rolls around. As long as the snow isn't too deep, there are plants that are especially attractive in winter, such as Comptonia (Sweet Fern)...
Or, the seed heads of Ammi majus...
...or those of Actaea.
And, trees like crabapples, with their bright red fruit certainly won't disappoint in the winter.
But the storm finally did arrive yesterday and snowed into the evening accumulating about a foot or more here and accompanied by lots of wind and drifting. The major story was not the amount of snow-- we've had plenty more in a single storm-- or the drifting which is not uncommon, but the extended period of cold.
I was happy that we had more than one door on the barn when it came to feeding the animals in the late afternoon. Snow had accumulated and drifted against this side door which would have made it difficult to use without first doing a lot of shoveling.
Today, the cleanup is well underway and, except for a bit of roof raking still to do, things are pretty much opened up and accessible. However, the wind continues to howl and temperatures are expected to continue to drop with lows tomorrow to be -14F. The wind, coupled with these temperatures, will produce some dangerous wind chill. The trick inside the house is to keep pipes from freezing and if you have to venture outside, layering is the key as our wooly friends know.