November 21, 2016 by Jean
I admit to being caught off guard by our first snow of the season. I blame sports. I usually get my weather forecasts from the 6 p.m. local news; but on weekends, the evening news is often preempted by sports coverage (this weekend, football and auto racing). I hadn’t seen a decent weather report since Friday, and this snow wasn’t in the forecast then. So I wasn’t prepared to see the first flakes falling as I got into bed last night or the ground coated with white this morning.
I’m not ready! I still have a little bit of firewood in the driveway. The patio furniture hasn’t been put away in the basement yet, and the screened gazebo on the back deck has not yet been taken down. I need to harvest the last of my parsley, sage, and rosemary (not thyme, though ) and bring outdoor plant containers into the basement. And I’m not the only one caught off guard. This aster, growing in a protected spot by the foundation, is still blooming.
Fortunately, this isn’t a serious snow. It wasn’t enough to require plowing, and it will melt in the next day or two as temperatures get above freezing and the sun comes out. And since the ground isn’t frozen yet, the wet snow is providing a nice boost of additional moisture for newly-planted shrubs. This is more of a warning, for both me and the aster: Time to finish getting ready for winter!
While I wait for the weather to clear so that I can get outside to work on those chores, I’m enjoying the beauty of our suddenly wintry world.