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

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

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4:15 pm, 2/8/13. Snow total about 4”.

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

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

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

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

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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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