23 Mar 2010
Long Tough Winter
IT WAS NOT A MILD WINTER
This winter has been one for the record books. Snow, cold, rain, winds and not much sun. After the wet cold summer we had last year then came the mixed up winter. Now it’s March and the first day of spring in only a few days away, lots of rain and now the frost is mostly out and plants are starting to come up. Ground is so wet that water is just sitting there slowly sinking in.
Last fall we started out with some unruly weather, then came the frequent snow storms. Then came the winter snows not too much total accumulation but one after the other. There was a couple of times we had extremely warm weather between storms and most of the snow melted. Then to wake up in the morning and see another foot or so of new snow.
Birds feed heavily all winter at the feeders due to the snow cover, natural food covered up. We usually have a pair of Blue Birds this winter we had a flock. Our best count was 10 at one time. When the Blue Birds came so did the American Gold Finches. Lots of Morning Doves and Woodpeckers Hairy, Downey and Red Breasted.
We had Deer visit us a couple of times. We did not see the Foxes all winter until the other day we saw Mr. Fox passing through the yard. A couple of Red Squirrels and a few Gray Squirrels regularly feed at the feeders.
THAT’S ALL DEER TRACK
HOOF PRINT IN THE SNOW
YUCCA PLANTS FOR LUNCH
Late winter storm was rain, snow and 90 to 100 mph winds. 3 days of power outage followed that storm. Lots of trees down and branches all over the place. We had a very tall pine tree up root and fall taking out several other trees. Another broke off about half way up. Lots of clean up too be done this year.
HUNG UP IN SOME ASH TREES
PINE STUMP ROOTS AND ALL FOR SALE
Last storm was heavy rain causing flooding and many roads closed some for several days. we are now experiencing warm sunny weather 65 to 70 deg. many plants think spring is here and are starting to sprout. Liza’s winter sowing is sprouting and we are hoping that any cold snaps we get are not enough to kill the seedlings.
The past weekend was great 65 + Deg. Weather. Now its rainy and cold. Expecting cool rainy weather for the next few days. Garden shows this weekend not much will get done at Liza and John’s Garden. See you next post and I promise not so long between posts.