What a Winter! Come on Spring!

 
Britt photographing the snow.  Photo By Erika Malmgren

Britt photographing the snow. Photo By Erika Malmgren

This Winter has been amazing.  It has easily beaten all the record books and is still far from over.  Every time we check the weather report the concept of possible snow droops our shoulders.   As a garden lover I am chomping at the bit for Spring sunshine.  But as a lover of nature I have been loving this Winter.   It’s been stunning.

Ready to head down the steps © Britt Conley

Ready to head down the steps © Britt Conley

Erika, (my sister and the official assistant Photo Garden Bee, who edits my posts and travels on many of my garden visits) and I headed out after the big whopper storm that hit D.C. and tromped about the snow in our yard and along the street.

This snowman had a head, but it blew off with the winds.  Someone used some of the downed magnolia branches for it's arms. © Britt Conley

This snowman had a head, but it blew off with the winds. Someone used some of the downed magnolia branches for it's arms. The snow drifts have covered it's original figure. © Britt Conley

It was great.  It was also windy, blizzard conditions that stung our skin and a joy.  I laugh now, but come to think of it, we were laughing then as well.

Erika taking my picture as I take hers © Britt Conley

Erika taking my picture as I take hers © Britt Conley

The street was blanketed in a white.  It took us over a week just to dig out.  I wonder how our local gardens fared?

Our street even had an abandoned car © Britt Conley

Our street even had an abandoned car © Britt Conley

Unfortunately our superb and massive magnolia trees didn’t make it through the winds with the weight of the snow.

One of our great magnolia trees © Britt Conley

One of our great magnolia trees © Britt Conley

The huge magnolias are one of the main reasons I moved here all those years ago.  It’s sad to see  how much of them had either fallen away or had to be cut.

Downed parts of our precious magnolia © Britt Conley

Downed parts of our precious magnolia © Britt Conley

These branches fill the entire lower limb areas of the tree.

More downed magnolias © Britt Conley

More downed magnolias © Britt Conley

We are expecting more snow this week.  Hopefully not a lot.  Looks like we will do just fine.

Hopefully no more massive snows © Britt Conley

Hopefully no more massive snows © Britt Conley

How did we manage through the big snow of 2010?  Mostly we stayed in doors.  I haven’t had a chance to see any gardens.  But that is all about to change… Spring is just over this last Winter hill and on the East coast, Spring is going to be celebrated indeed!

I for one have been couped up long enough.  Next week it’s time to start looking for some flowers…  Let’s do this Bee!

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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