Monthly Archives: October 2011

October 30 Post-Nor’easter

More than 700,000 are without power in Connecticut this morning after the historic Nor’easter left its mark. We are lucky. We still have power. Will be heading out in a few minutes to assess damage, but here’s a few shots of our world in south-central CT.

This is the same beech tree in yesterday’s post.

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The view from our front porch …

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Oaks still in full leaf, weighted by late October snow.

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The flowers still visible yesterday as snow just started falling are now completely covered in ten inches of the heavy wet stuff.

Yesterday, this sight of snow-white mums resting safely under the cover of the front porch caught my eye.

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At morning light the same mums were covered in wind-blown snow.

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Now it’s time to shovel.

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October 29 Nor’easter

This is a first for Connecticut. A Nor’easter before Halloween. The leaves are still on most of the trees. Hardy flowers are still blooming in the garden. My south-central CT gardens (zone 6a) just saw their first frost 24 hours ago.

Forecasts suggested we’d have rain until late afternoon … forecasts were wrong. Snow began falling around noon.

I grabbed these shots before snow totally weighted down and covered what I suspect will be the last of my outdoor blooms for 2011.

Gomphrena survived the first frost but won’t last long under the weight of heavy, wet snow.

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It’s not often one gets the chance to see snow on a typically summer-blooming flower. I present a snow-frosted rose.

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Snow caught this lavender blossom a bit off-guard.

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Snow is falling hard and fast, causing fully-leaved beech trees to bend under the weight.

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One of the gardens seems a bit puzzled by this early blast of winter.

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I took the photos above just over an hour ago. As I write we have an inch of snow on the ground and there is no sign of snow letting up. The gomphrena, rose and lavender no longer stand erect, snow dropped them to their knees and before long they will be buried under a blanket of white.

Sigh …

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