30 October 2011

late night snowstorm

tonight i am up late, writing for online assignments, answering emails, checking the news and weather, watching a few shows. as i sit here, the snow falls thick outside the windows. the lights flicker off and on. it looks like january with snow piled high on the rock walls and the wood pile. but first snow is so early this year that its also laying heavy on branches which have not yet released their leaves. never have i seen this much snow before thanksgiving.

today was a frenzy of cleaning up outside and packing away for winter. i finished up the flower beds, emptied the window boxes, and planted the mints to overwinter in the corner of the compost pile. i packed up gardening tools and exchanged them for scrapers and shovels. sitting one last time in the adirondack chair with tea in hand, i tipped my face skyward and smelled snow. as the clouds grew thicker, i collected a little of this and some of that from my garden cuttings and made a hasty arrangement for the door basket, just as the first flakes began to fall.

6 comments:

Linda Chapman said...

My goodness! Much of the country is in for a wild winter. If your mint is any thing like mine it will survive - no matter WHAT!! You can't KILL mint!! I have tried!

You painted a lovely picture with words.....I can 'see' you sipping your cup of tea and you prepare to scurry in from the coming snow.

chris said...

Linda Chapman: i have been growing mint for years and have had it overtake gardens and other herbs. so now i grow it in windowboxes only. it grows well, trails over the side, and looks good with flowers. and it's contained! when the season is over, i dig it out and bury it in the compost pile so i can reuse it the following year. works for me!

Tabor said...

We had bitter cold rain and strong winds, but the frost weather stayed north this time. Early winter!

Anne said...

We're having an unusually mild October, I haven't even had my heating on yet!

It has been so nice this weekend that I got quite a bit done in the garden, despite the fact that we had an hour less because our clocks went back last night.

Nora said...

Sorry that you're having such an early winter. Maybe you will have some respite yet and get the garden in order better. The weather here is very mild and I still have the windows open at the top. We're absolutely not ready for snow.

~she~ said...

I hope this isn't an early warning of a rough winter!