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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Winter Flowers in the Snow

All day Monday, the rain poured down in buckets.  Inch after inch left runoffs, standing water in roads, and forced the rivers out of their banks.  Eight roads in our county were closed because of the flooding.

Two Golden Retrievers went through a lot of towels, coming back inside after the rainy trips out.  It was still raining when I went to bed on Monday night.  Imagine my surprise to awaken Tuesday morning to see everything coated white.

Snow dusted one of our favorite winter-blooming plants.  This mahonia is called "Winter Sun" or "Midnight Sun."  Bright yellow blossoms fill the plant this year and we enjoy watching the flowers and then the berries on this lovely plant.  The snow will not cause a problem because temperatures did not stay below freezing for very long.


These little yellow blossoms will turn into berries soon.







The snow clung to the trees with a light covering on the ground.  Fortunately the snow did not affect the roadways for long and with rising temperatures the snow was gone by evening.



Now THAT is the kind of winter snow we expect here during our mild winters.  Definitely not the 10-12-inch snows like the ones we have had during the past two winters.

17 comments:

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

We don't get a lot of that white stuff down here where we live. But we did get rain by the bucket fulls over the past weekend!!! Those pictures are pretty. The snow sure looks nice accessorizing the trees.

AROOOOOF!
Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Rudee said...

After a deluge of rain, it finally got cold enough to snow. We got a dusting, but 20 miles west of us saw 7 inches of sloppy, wet snow. Lucky us. Right now the sun is shining and it's finally nice to see. Here's hoping we all get less snow than last year. Enough, but not as much...

I love that snow dusted plant.

The Bug said...

We had a few flakes of snow last night, not enough to stick around - and it's beautiful & cold today.

You know, when we lived in Waynesville it seemed like we got a lot of snow, but maybe that's just my memory playing tricks on me :)

Ms. A said...

Love the photos! Snow is a rarity in these parts. When it happens, everything grinds to a halt, because nobody knows how to deal with it!

Tipper said...

Pretty photos! All we got were flurries : ) Oh and the rain too!

Rae said...

I enjoyed your photos. My family in Indiana received 8 inches of snowfall yesterday. We are only 50 miles away and didn't get anything but rain. I am so glad. Snow is one thing I could live without. The older I get the less I enjoy it.

Andrea said...

Very beautiful scenes! We don't get frosts, only dews. Do you know that many Christmas ornaments here have those frosty effects on them, and people buy them because they look very temperate and cold.

Miley said...

Beautiful photos!! We are waiting for some more white stuff!`

theycallmejane said...

So pretty to look at but (to me, anyway) not much fun to live with. Here's hoping for the mild winter they're predicting!

Karin said...

So glad that with all the rain you didn't have a freeze and ice issues making driving treacherous!

JeanMac said...

Beautiful. We are expecting heavier snow than usual this winter.

Ruth said...

We had record rainfalls earlier this week, then a dusting of snow the last two days. Hope you don't have to get out a shovel this year :-)

Arkansas Patti said...

I am envious of your dusting but I really do love the deep snows. You can tell I don't have to drive to work anymore.

robin andrea said...

Lovely pics. Don't you just love a nice, polite little snow? I wouldn't mind a dusting every now and then, but last year's 18 inches in one storm was a bit overboard!

Taradharma said...

ah yes, a discreet little snow. Here one moment, gone the next. That's they way we like it! Pretty scenes!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Just enough snow to let you enjoy winter and not enough to make you dread it!
I love your mahonia plant....really interesting looking!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.