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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Iced Tea Anyone?

So, anyone, Would you care for a spot of tea, and would you like ICE with that?

Once again, we have been snowed upon and iced. The weather outside is frightnin'! Sooo, in hopes of finer days to come, I thought I'd take you on a garden tour of my flower beds...
The first on the tour is my garden of Snow On The Mountain. Appropriate, don't you think...brrrrrr, as the ice and snow covers it.

I was serious when I asked if any of you would like a spot of iced tea, as my mint is so full of it!
As we move around to the back door bed of Purple Iris trying to make an entrance, you will find more ice damage. As hardy as these plants are, however, they will still come back strong, just to stick their tongues out at the adverse conditions they are under at the moment.
Tho the tulips are also dancing on ice, they don't seem to do as well after this harsh of a freeze. After all, it is April and they were hoping for a drink of rain water, not frozen ankles.
The deep burgundy lilies aren't sure if they want to survive. My hope is that they will give me quite the show, just out of spite, come mid-July.

I haven't seen many buds on the Quince Bush, so I am still hoping the ice has not deterred this one from showing it's stem-hugging coral blooms. Like nearly everything planted in my gardens, they must succumb to the bitter surprises of spring in the northwoods. Zone 3 is not an easy place to be if you are a human, let alone a vulnerable plant.We have sure learned to ' brave the elements.' It keeps us as strong as the branches that bend in the strong winds. The spruce trees were covered with a thin layer of ice too. Click on any of the photos for a closer look., not that you'd want to.

The driveway was iced, as well as~~~
the wind chimes by the feeders. As the wind blew, I could see the ice chipping away. Have you ever heard a difference in the tone the chimes when they are ice covered? Me either! Ha!
Even the waddle fence around the flowerbeds were ice covered. Let's just say, it was treacherous out there for the early perennials and anyone taking an early walk.
Are we sick of this weather? YES! Are we used to it? YES! Do we want to move because of it? NO! Even though we have very long, sometimes miserable winters and springs, we still would not leave. We have grown to love the 4 seasons of the year, even tho they are not equally shared in length. We love the fact that we have no venomous snakes, and only one of the dangerously venomous spiders. That keeps me happy and here. We usually only have to turn the A/C on a couple of weeks out of the year and we have most gorgeous color in our maples, birch and oaks, come fall.
All in all, it is not so bad here, but anytime, if any of you southerners or tropic dwellers, would like to trade just one winter with us, we are sure ' game. '

Thanks for stopping. I love comments so make sure to leave your opinion. I do not ' hurt ' easily and can take all kinds of criticism, so bring it on. Just remember, what goes around comes around. Just kidding.....maybe.

Hi J and A....great visiting you this morning at the farm.

BlessYourHeartsOneAndAll

18 comments:

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I hope that your flowers do bounce back after your latest round of Winter weather. I like that picture of the driveway iced over. The colors are very nice.

madcobug said...

Shame that this happened just when your flowers are putting out. No Mam, I do not want to exchange seasons with you even with all these deadly tornadoes swirling around. I do hope spring comes soon for all you up there. Helen

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

poor thing, all of that winter still... yuck. i do like iced tea but not that kind...here's hoping your plants survive your brutal weather.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how terrible... Hope the young growth in your yard will live --and make it through that mess....

Think I'll take HOT tea this time since it's so cold up there. Thanks!!!!

Take care, Dar.
Hugs,
Betsy

texwisgirl said...

I remember some Easter Sunday's like this - you just got it on Palm Sunday. And yes, I miss those maples, and 4 seasons, and hardy trees and lush summers. I DON'T miss these winters, the mosquitos, or brats. :)

Paula said...

I'm such a whimp I would go stir crazy with that long winter. I know you wouldn't trade your beautiful country there with us as everything is so ugly right now from lack of rain. I guess its six of one and half a dozen of the other. As bad as it is here we wouldn't move either. lol

Rick Kratzke said...

Looks like winter does not want to give up.

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Farmchick said...

So sorry that you have snow. It was such a crazy winter for us in KY that I was glad to see it go.

Mel said...

It is getting ridiculous, isn't it? We are supposed to get two more days of snow - can't wait.

A Primitive Homestead said...

I was shocked to see you all have snow. Things are cold & rainey here but the flowers are in full bloom. I hope you get some warmer weather soon. I am not a long winter person. I was wondering if the snow would ever end here. Now I am wishing the rain away long enough to finish staining & putting in some onions. I see Mel commented more snow is on the way. I sure hope it will be a no show for you all. Well I do love iced tea & would enjoy a chat with you in the gazebo. Take care. Blessings!
Lara

Suz said...

How can this be?
that stinks
woman I weep for you
enough all ready..bring on Spring Lord

Cicero Sings said...

We had the veriest skiff of snow this morning ourselves. It seems so blamed cold too. Brrr. I just could not warm up today and ended up building a fire. I'm finally warm. Nothing like the heat from a wood stove.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, where do you live. I can not imagine having snow and ice in April. But then strange things with the weather have been happening. I hope all your lovely plants survive.

Fred Alton said...

Dar, with so much ice on the ground I want fire in my tea! HOT tea, with sugar and milk, please. ☻ Now you know we drink iced tea with practically any and every meal here - year around.

Darla said...

Holy cow! I could do with out the venomous snakes here.....hate snakes of all kinds though. Soon I'll have poppy seeds out the ying yang!

Remington said...

Hey we got that too! AND we are suppose to get it again tomorrow! I think spring has forgotten us....

Cher' Shots said...

Winter is getting a bit L-O-N-G this year!! But like you, I love the change of all four seasons and don't really want to give it up. Maybe just an escape for a few months would be an option.
'love & hugs from afar'

crochet lady said...

Ish! You really got hit with the ice. We had some snow but it melted quickly. Oh how happy I will be when all threat of snow is gone.