Our "Massive" January Snowfall


As usual the weather forecasters just couldn't nail our weather forecast. Several days ago they began hyping the massive snowfall of 1-3 inches that was on its way. The forecast at one point even predicted 2-4 inches! OK I know you northern gardeners are saying "massive snowfall?" Please keep in mind that everything is relative and a massive for Tennessee would be a micro-snowfall for the northern states but in fact can affect us much more significantly. Schools close on the mere threat of snow threat because it isn't fiscally worthwhile to invest in snow plows. I grew up in Western Pennsylvania and remember snowstorms that involved 1-2 feet and sometimes more. There have only been handful of really big snowfalls here in TN since I've lived here (like 1993! 2 feet in March) but even the meager snows can visually impact the garden in a spectacular way.

Here in the backyard you can see how much snow we landed. Less than an inch and plenty of grass still visible. Not nearly enough for the afternoon of sledding as we were hoping. 





Here is the arbor I built in April. It stands out nicely in the snow.

 

But where the snow really has a nice impact is on the plants themselves. Like on the seed heads of these coneflowers. I leave the seed heads for the birds and in the hope to get a little more winter interest.









The seed heads of 'Autumn Joy' sedum provide a good platform for collecting snow.




Iris leaves peaking through the snow provide a little green through the white.



Earlier today my daughter called the snow "falling clouds." I never thought about snow that way but perhaps there is wisdom in the musings of a four year old.

Snowfall on evergreens can't be topped for impact.
 



Except perhaps by snow on berries. In this case nandina berries.

 

Of course the snow decorating the last remaining foliage of this viburnum is pretty cool.

 

Have you ever had snow on yew? You probably have!

 

Bird's Nest spruce with a side order of snow looks pretty good too.

 

Even the naked branches of the trees in the woods look special with a little bit of white frosting added. 

 

A little fungus can add some interesting color. 




Our kitty cat statue is chillin' out in the birdbath garden!




I don't even own a snow shovel so this walkway may remain white for several days.  The temperatures won't get above freezing for several days. Tomorrow will be somewhere around a steamy 20 degrees Fahrenheit!

 

The greenhouse roof has a nice coat of white snow that you can see through the roof window

 


 With the temperatures colder than they have been in a long time for this time of year we could see more snow in the future. We'll see. Typically our large snowfalls seem to come in February and March when there is more moisture in the air.

If you missed it I posted a short to-do list for my greenhouse yesterday.

And for more snowy posts why not visit Nancy at Soliloquy for her First Snowfall Project!




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