Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pacific Northwest Snow

While much of the country basked in unseasonable warmth and sunshine last week, we had snow in the Pacific Northwest. We awoke last Wednesday morning to a blanket of beauty. The snow continued throughout the early hours, and as the boughs of the Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca' (Italian Cypress) nodded in obeisance...

and the branches of the Cornus kousa bent forward and splayed beneath the covering, I became apprehensive as to what might be the outcome.

The snow was wet and heavy, and as I ventured out to look around, I discovered that the foot of snow had wreaked havoc. I carried a broom and was able to remove some of the layers from low lying shrubs and evergreens, but the trees... they had to fend for themselves for the time being.

Blossoms on the 25 foot Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud' (plum) had just begun opening.

 Similarly, Prunus ceracifera ‘Purple Pony' (dwarf plum) and  
Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst' (Honey locust) were damaged... no branch untouched.
Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa' was uprooted
as was the Betula jacquemonti 'Himalayan'

Euonymous alatus

Prunus x yedoensis (Yoshino Cherry)

Included in the shambles were three Sambucus, Picea pungens 'Montgomery', Spiraea prunifolia 'Bridal Wreath', several lilacs, Magnolia grandiflora, euonymous, Vitex agnus-castus ...

Needless to say we used the weekend and Monday to saw and drag and stack and clean and salvage what we could. There is more to go, but the rain has returned, and now wind and rain. We will bide our time and work as we can.

Yes, it is disappointing that after having planted these trees 15 to 18 years ago, that they would be wrecked by one simple snowy event, but we are optimistic that some of them will return to health, and many of the specimen trees we planted appear to have come through unscathed. Mother Nature gives us a whack now and then, and we are humbled, but know it will be okay. 

There is color in the garden: Aubrieta deltoides has emerged from the snow...

daffodils are in bloom, as well as Forsythia 'Fiesta', Magnolia stellata, Rhododendron 'PJM', and the fragrance of the Daphne odora is divine. All is not lost.

PS: A miracle in my book: the Cornus kousa is now totally upright and with only one broken branch.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Last Full Moon of Winter

Last evening's presentation

Beautiful Full Worm Moon over this morning's valley.