that four letter word.

I’m just sharing a quick Sunday morning post from the garden today.

I thought it might be fun to give you guys an update on the ‘winter interest’ in my garden.

For the most part, it’s buried under several feet of snow.

And so much for my Christmas decorations, they also got kind of buried.

Well, except for the ones that are hanging higher up on a wall.

They still look good.  Which is lucky because there is a huge snow bank in front of that scene, so I won’t be getting in there any time soon to take them down.

Cossetta (my statue) has snow nearly up to her waist.

Fortunately, she is impervious to the cold so she’s perfectly fine.

In other words, like much of the northern half of the country, we’ve gotten a lot of snow already this year.  I found one source that says we’ve gotten over four feet so far, and another that says 45″.  I’m not sure which one is correct, but they are close enough.  It’s a lot.

Since I like to look on the bright side, how about I list the benefits of that four letter word, snow.

  • It’s picture postcard pretty.
  • It covers up a multitude of sins.  Suddenly every yard looks beautiful and you can no longer see the debris that your neighbor piles up next to your fence.
  • It adds a layer of insulation to the garden, so subsequent sub-zero weather is not as damaging to dormant perennials.
  • It provides lots of moisture to the ground when it eventually melts.
  • People who enjoy winter sports like snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing are in heaven.
  •  It lights up the sky at night.  Have you ever noticed that?  It’s never too dark to see outside at night when there is snow cover.
  • It provides a reason to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise (because you have to shovel off the walkway).
  • You might get a snow day from school or work (although since Covid those have mostly become ‘e-learning’ or ‘remote work’ days).

Can you think of any I’ve missed?  Are you enjoying the snow where you are?  Or are you blessed with warm, sunny weather?  Leave a comment and let me know!


34 thoughts on “that four letter word.

  1. I love the fact that you listed so many positives about snow!!!! I think we all forget how beautiful it is and to just sit back and enjoy its beauty since there is nothing we can do about it anyway. 🙂 The many things you pointed out about the yard are things I would never have thought of myself.
    Thank you for all the positivity you give us in your posts, not to mention the beauty and work you put into your makeovers. I get excited every time I see an email from you! I have even copied two of your toolboxes.
    Stay warm and enjoy.


  2. Sadly and blessedly, I live in Coastal San Diego where we aren’t amazed by the white stuff. Although my goal is to someday see a snow-laden beach! The snow we get in our local mountains, unless one is headed to ski at a resort, are reserved for looky-loos who’ve never seen snow and somehow forget where to leave their trash. So seeing your pristine outdoors makes my heart happy. Enjoy your season of stillness and beauty.


  3. Beautiful pictures of your snowy garden. It is lovely how the snow highlights the branches. The perfection of undisturbed snow is delightful. And you are right on target about how snow lights up the darkness of night! Thank you for sharing your snow pictures! Here in SW Missouri, snow is not nearly as common and when we do get measurable snow, it usually only lasts a few days.


    1. Yeah, that’s kind of the thing about our snow, it sticks around. It’s not unusual for us to not see the ground for several months, and the snow just keeps piling up.


  4. It sure does look pretty there. I am in the Seattle area. We get plenty of rain. Maybe if I make a list like yours it will make me feel better about it :). I loved your list.


  5. Beautiful pictures. We got over 24 inches here in north Idaho. I taught my 2 young grandsons how to make snow cocoa this year. They loved it.


      1. We just basically make hot chocolate and then add fresh snow by the spoonful to make the temperature drinkable. Nothing fancy. The little guys enjoyed putting the snow in so much it wasn’t very hot but they loved it!


  6. Yikes!! Oh my goodness. I am so thankful to be in Florida! It is very pretty. Picture perfect, however I want no part of it ☀️


    1. LOL, well, you’re definitely in the right place for you then Monica! We’ve got lots of snow and it’s not going to be going away any time soon 🙂


  7. Wow!! What a winter wonderland! I think you hit the nail right on the head when you said your yard is picture postcard ready, you should take photos and make greeting cards and postcards with them. Your yard is just gorgeous covered in all that snow!!


  8. You are spot on on all of your observations! I am still so amazed how bright out it is outside at night after a big snowfall. Fresh snow is always so pretty. If only it was March……..


  9. “The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, gave the lustre of midday to objects below”!!! Snow is part of the actual FORMULA for a real Christmas. How wonderful it would be if everyone every where had snow the two weeks before and after Christmas! People would be happier, I’m sure of it! Poor Australia! Their Christmas feels more like our Fourth of July! I just can’t imagine that it evokes the same feelings that we have in our hemisphere……… in Southern California the coziest you can get for Christmas is a cold-ish, rainy, and overcast day/days………which we were having but, Dang!, the sun came out on Christmas with 70 degree weather! Bummer!


    1. Well, I’m not sure I can bring myself to feel sorry for you with your 70 degrees and sunny weather 😉 But then again, I do prefer a snowy, white Christmas. I lived in Florida for 10 years or so, and it really wasn’t the same at all. And that is the perfect quote to go with my post!


  10. I’m in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area. I just heard next week we will be in the 80’s! Today is was spring like! It is crazy weather!
    Smiles, alice


  11. As a couple of Louisiana transplants in the UP of Michigan… yes, it’s magical! We lived there 2 yrs at an Air Force Site!! The light reflected off it Is so glorious.. we wee in a tiny village on Lake Superior ( 300” snow per yr!) the postmistress fed herds of deer in the moonlight and we could look across and see them like it was daylight!! Magical.. and the Northern Lughts seemed like our own personal light show!!! Unimaginable to those 2 kids who’d never experienced snow, frozen bodies of water or icicles that reached the ground under the house eves! Really the most wonderful memories of the kindest people… your garden is lovely..looks like a wonderland that evokes a grand adventure and fond memories!


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