Fresh Snow & Fresh Start

The last time snow fell here was in January, 2016.  Thursday’s snow was a delightful surprise.  On New Year’s Day we awoke to white as far as the eye could see.

Pictures taken from the front porch include snow outlined branches of the Pisache and Crepe Myrtle trees.

Every year this Red Oak holds on to its leaves longer any other tree we have.

A Chinkapin Oak and a pot of spiky Rosemary make a nice tableau.

To the right is a Privet bush and a Maple.

Now to the backyard.  One of characteristics of Live Oaks is how they spread out wide and the branches dip towards the ground.  Very lovely wearing white.

Cherry Laurel and to the left, climbing roses.

Snow frames a bare Texas Ash and the redwood pergola.

Yaupon Holly and to the right, a Red Oak.

Closer view of bench and Red Oak

1890’s conestoga wagon is a reminder of the harsh life of the settlers headed west.

Thanks to these deer for posing.

Even the native Junipers, aka cedars, look pretty.  The real problem with Junipers is how rapidly they multiple.

Snow covered landscape is so pretty and reminds me of a fresh start this new year.  Good riddance to 2020.  Looking forward to new opportunities and hopefully, an end to isolation.

“The future lies before you, like a field of fallen snow; be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.”  unknown

White Covering

This morning we were greeted by a light covering of snow.  It was probably less than an inch, which translates into very little actual moisture.  But it is such a rare event for us.   It happens maybe once a year.   So at 7:30 this morning, I was out tramping around in the cold taking pictures.

roadMy husband had already driven out on this road.  Most of the pictures will speak for themselves.

asters  birdbath butterflybush This is a butterfly bush. cherrylaurel The Cherry Laurel on the left is an evergreen.  I’m so proud of it because it came from a friend.  She gave me a foot tall rooting.  It has turned out to be a pretty shape and a good shade tree.

dragon   largeoak A Chinese Pistacho with a Live Oak in the background. redyuccasnow Snow collected on Red Yucca seed pods.

snowroseThis rose bush looks like it has cotton balls on it.  rosemary The large bush behind this fence is a rosemary.

sundialsculptureGarden art looks great with a coat of snow.

roseofsharonSnow on Rose of Sharon bush.

ratamaThis tree is a Ratama.  I’m really hoping that it makes it through its first winter.



desertwillow4This is a Desert Willow branch.

centuryplantA new small Century Plant.

bottlebushOur new bottle bush.

barbedwireLove how the snow sticks on something as thin as barbed wire.   snowwagon  Those poor pioneers.  We look out at the lovely snow from a warm, cozy house.  But they persevered through all kinds of weather as well as other challenges.

“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.”  Author Unknown