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.



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



Snow caught this lavender blossom a bit off-guard.



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



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



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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4 comments for “October 29 Nor’easter

  1. October 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I am beside myself. I just lost a young katsura tree, the branches all along the slender trunk have completely snapped off. My sweetbay magnolia is lying across the walk, and a young cherry tree is bowed to the ground.

    The river birches look like mounds of giant spireas, they are weeping to the ground (and they are 35 foot tall trees!) I keep telling myself “we are safe, we are ok, plants can be replaced”. But I am truly beside myself, and more wet snow (and wind) to come overnight.

    • joenesgarden
      October 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Oh, Laurrie. So, so sorry to hear of your tree damage. My bayberry shrubs are all askew and bent in bizarre directions, the common lilac and small dogwood are suffering under snow weight, and the many beech trees have branches now touching the ground. We only have about four inches of wet, heavy snow now but the wind is starting to pick up. I’ll have to assess the damage by morning light. Keep warm and safe, and keep repeating “plants can be replaced.”

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