|A Snowy Pumpkin in our Yard|
As most of you know, I am one who LOVES snow (even tiny ones) and hubby (who was raised in Indiana) would prefer NEVER to see snow again. SO---when we get a small one, he is happy not to have to scrape the driveway!!!! I am happy when the snow is a 'wet' one and clings to everything... SO---we were 'both' Happy Campers on Saturday!!!!
The crazy thing is the DATE... Our area has rarely had snow this early in the season. AND---the Smoky Mountains (Mt. LeConte) had 22 inches of snow (probably the most ever on Nov. 1st)... I heard on TV that there are snow drifts WAIST deep in spots in the mountains... AND---due to trees falling, some of the campgrounds in the Smokies had to be closed. And to think: All of our area had temperatures in the 70's earlier this week!!!! We will be talking about this storm in Tennessee for a LONG time!
Today I'll share some of my snow pictures taken early in the morning on Nov. 1st.... We will say goodbye to our blooms I'm sure ---and will have to wait 'til Spring for some blooms in our yard (except for the Pansies --which can make it through this kind of weather)!!!!!
|Almost the end of our Canna Lilies for this year!|
|Snow on one of our Azalea Bushes|
|Poor little Vinca (Our Vincas won't make it through the weekend.)|
|Chicago Peace Rose --(should be named Snowy Peace)|
|Two of our shrubs: Jasmine (really a Glossy Abelia) and an Azalea|
|IRIS ---see all of the buds??? We have had quite a few Re-blooming Irises to bloom this month.|
|Another Iris with buds---wonder if these will bloom now?|
|Burning Bush covered with snow|
|Another photo of the Burning Bush (which definitely was not 'burning' on this date)|
|One of our Container Roses --full of snow!|
|Our big Rhododendron in the backyard (near the Bird Kitchen)|
I don't know what Winter has in store for us this year --but a lady who studies nature's signs always writes an article in our local newspaper each year giving her forecast... AND--she is usually always correct with her predictions.
This is what she said about our area this Winter:
-NINE snows with 3 of them being heavy (She counts the August early-morning fogs to come up with that number.)
-Our mast crop (nuts and acorns) is HEAVY this year --denoting a hard winter.
-Our tree foliage is particularly thick --denoting a hard winter.
-Hornets' nests are right on the ground --denoting a hard winter.
-Spring Flowering Bushes blooming in Fall denote a hard winter. Here at our home, our Azalea bloomed this Fall--for the first time in FALL.
-An all-black Woolly Worm denotes a hard winter (and we have seen one in our yard).
-Trees that hold their leaves longer are another sign of a hard winter.
-When opening a persimmon seed, we are seeing a SPOON design (which says that we'll be shoveling snow all winter). George hates this one!
There are more signs ---but you get the idea!!!! We are in for another humdinger of a FRIGID Winter here on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee...
Welcome to November.... Our November 1st came in like a lion this year... Since this is a new month, I also have a blog post on My Photo Blog. Click HERE to see a new header and another Fall photo from our yard.
Also--don't miss seeing the new quotes I have this month on my sidebar. AND---do you like my header? I took that photo after we got the leaves OUT of the front yard... BUT--we'll have to do it again SEVERAL more times until all of the leaves are down!!