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.