This time last year, the old farmhouse had seen three or four snow days, where everything looked like this...
This winter, we've had three or four smatterings of snow, that haven't amounted to much more than how it looks today.
We've had very cold temperatures this week, including a few nights where the thermometer dipped below -20C. I worry about our wedding plantings, the lovely hydrangeas, the Rose of Sharon, the butterfly bush, all of the different and wonderful varieties of shrubs we received and planted around the old farm house. Without a good snow covering to provide a hearty insulation, we're keeping our fingers crossed that they will all survive this cold, dry winter. I checked on the back garden this week and the winter rye took well over the fall and it will amend the soil quite nicely for the coming year. The spring garlic is well protected with a layer of straw and a layer of pine boughs. I'm hoping the sight of its shoots come spring will provide inspiration to the Artist and I as we begin the labourious job of digging our second garden plot closer to the old farm house. Here's hoping it also comes to life and blooms just as well as the wedding plantings.
Keep warm friends and be well,