Friday, December 26, 2008

Snowmageddon 2008

OK, that's a dumb name, but not quite as dumb as Snowpocalypse, which I've also heard. It may not be the end of the world, but Portland is *snowy*. We've had some kind of cold white stuff on the ground for nearly 2 weeks, and most of us are sick of it. At its deepest, we had about 9" at my house, enough that I couldn't see where my raised beds stopped and the paths started. I still don't know what most of my plants look like, because they're still buried. I never thought I'd miss our winter rain, but I do.

The snow is pretty, though, and it makes the garden look like a winter wonderland. Here are some pictures I took on the snowiest days:

Rosemary buried in the snow:
Rosemary in the snow

Woodland garden in my backyard:
Snowy backyard

Frozen camellia buds:
Frozen camelia blossoms

Frozen horsetail and berries hanging over my frozen creek. Who knew weeds could be so pretty?
Frozen horsetail and berries by frozen creek

Frozen leeks:
Frozen leeks

Frozen rosebud:
Another frozen rosebud

I'm waiting for the snow to melt with some apprehension, wondering how many of my beloved plants will be done in by the cold and wind. Maybe I should move back to California.


Nancy said...


It looks like your spring is going to be full of discoveries... new plants, old friends, unexpectedly surviving, and a changed garden. I know it's hard, but after surviving a hurricane (and still trying to get my garden fixed back), I know the process will be filled with some sorrow, but also opportunity.

Concentrate ob the opportunity aspect. It makes looking at suddenly empty spots in your garden easier to deal with if you think: "hummm, now what do I want to try to grow there?"

Janet said...

You're right, and that's a great way to look at it. Most of the snow is gone, and the damage doesn't seem to be too bad. Good luck restoring after the hurricane! I can't imagine what that must be like.

Tatyana said...

I like your winter pictures, especially horsetail and berries. Such pictures can be sad and exciting at the same time.

Janet said...

Tatyana, thanks for your comment. It is kind of exciting, waiting to see what made it and, for the things that didn't, thinking about opportunities to try something different. It's all in the attitude.