A Connecticut garden progressively buried – Blizzard 2013

Light snow began falling at about 7:45 am on Friday, February 8, but the Blizzard of 2013 didn’t really begin to show its force until later in the day. Watch a Connecticut garden as it is progressively buried by the Blizzard of 2013.

The scene: a wind blown perennial and shrub border along the upper edge of a retaining wall. There is a fence to the left and a pedestal with a sundial on the right. The garden overlooks a lower patio with a pergola. Beyond the fence is a beech tree still holding onto its leaves and other native woodland trees and shrubs.

The shrubs: a holly (Ilex meserveae ‘Blue Maid’), a white lilac (Syringa unknown variety), and two compact Helleri hollies (Ilex crenata ‘Helleri’)

The perennials: still standing are seed heads of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and random stalks of phlox, daylilies, and iris.

The progression of photos were taken through a window, sometimes coated with ice.

11:45 am, 2/8/2013



2:15 pm, 2/8/2013. Snow total about 3”.



4:15 pm, 2/8/13. Snow total about 4”.



6:25 pm, 2/8/13. Snow total about 7” and the wind picking up.



7:40 pm, 2/8/13. Snow total about 11” and drifting snow.



By 11:45 pm we had over 13” of snow with deep drifting. The compact holly are buried, the sedum seed heads nearly so.



By first view on Saturday, February 9, the sedum were totally buried and the pedestal base could no longer be seen.



There’s no way to accurately determine exactly how much snow has fallen so far. Snow is more than half way up the 4 foot tall railings on our deck and it’s still snowing.

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6 comments for “A Connecticut garden progressively buried – Blizzard 2013

  1. February 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

    27 inches here this morning, with higher drifts. Jim had to go out to clear the gas furnace vent on the side of the house, as our heat would not stay on all night. When he came in we measured the snow line on his pants — mid thigh. Awfully hard to slog through that, but he did somehow, and shoveled the vent. No roads are open.

    • February 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Laurrie, Our final total is somewhere between 30″ and 34″. It’s hard to be more accurate because of the drifts. We had about an hour or so of sleet and rain mixed in last night which left us with a middle layer of snow concrete … very heavy to shovel and plow. Kept our power through the whole storm, though.

  2. February 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Not to be picky, but I think the snow started on Friday, not Saturday. Friday was the 8th.

    • February 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Kathy, thanks for being my editor. I fixed my date errors.

  3. Sue
    February 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Hard to measure, but I had *somewhere* around 24″ in Wethersfield. The storm may have been slow to get started but it certainly lived up to the advance billing.

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