Surprise Snow

“Surprise Snow”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Snow was predicted for South Louisiana, but I really didn’t think we would get any.  Living this far south, it rarely snows and never this early in winter.  Last year, it snowed on December 11th which created quite a sensation since that was the earliest snowfall we ever had since weather records started being kept.

Anyway, the weather service said there was a chance of snow/sleet/rain mix, and, sure enough, about eight o’clock the rain started, then ice, then a little snow.   Most of it melted as soon as it hit the ground and just about everything was gone by early morning.  Since it never got below freezing, the garden wasn’t damage.  I have coleus plants, which are one of the first plants to go in a freeze, standing tall and looking fine.

There was still a little snow around at eight o’clock this morning, but it was melting fast.  A neighbor’s roof had snow and now their Christmas icicle lights looked appropriate.

Because of all our tall trees, just about the only frozen precipitation left was in containers or on plants like this corn plant.

When the snow started falling a few days ago on my blog, I never dreamed it would show up for real.  Too bad the surprise snow didn’t last just a little longer.

Snow, Two

“Snow, Two”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

I still can’t get over the fact that we had snow here in South Louisiana yesterday.  This is the earliest the New Orleans area has recorded a snowfall.  There was a full moon last light, and it made the snow so pretty.  It only got down to about 30 degrees, but that did allow the snow to remain through the night.  In fact, many people in our area still had snow on their lawns and roofs at 4:30 PM when I got home today.

Here are a few more snow pictures from yesterday taken by dear hubby.  This is a photo of our house from the side yard.  When I look at this picture, I can hardly believe that it is our house all covered in snow.  I am just not used to seeing it all in white.  Even in the dead of winter, everything is usually still green.

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This next photo, taken from the neighbor’s yard, shows both the bamboo and the cassia tree snow laden and bending down.  Seeing these two bent over reminds me of Robert Frost’s poem “Birches”.

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By late afternoon today,  the snow had mostly melted away, but there were a few areas where it hung on.  This holly bush was a good example.

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Because it will probably be a long time before we see snow again, everyone was a little sad to see it slowly go away.

The Real Thing

“The Real Thing”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

 Today, for only the eighth time in sixty years, we had snow.  Snow in the New Orleans area is a rare occurrence (only 17 times since 1850), and it was an unexpected pleasure to watch it come down today.  It wasn’t predicted for our area.  In fact just about every time it does snow, it is not predicted to do so.  I left for work this morning, and there was a little bit of ice falling, but everything melted as soon as it hit the ground.  About 7:45 AM, it started coming down – big, fat, wet flakes.  At first, everything melted as soon as it landed, but soon it started to accumulate.  At home, the same thing was happening, and we ended up with 2-3 inches of snow.  Areas about fifteen miles farther north had 8 inches.  An unbelievable amount around here.  By about 11:00 AM, it stopped snowing and became a light rain which soon stopped completely so the snow did stay for a while longer.

 

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I took these photos when I got home about 3PM.  The sun had just come out, and our surprise snow was slowly starting to melt.  With temperatures hovering around 37 degrees, it was not disappearing quickly which made me happy, as  I was hoping to see some snow at our house.  The above picture shows a neighbor’s house still covered.

 

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The north side of our property still had a covering of snow.  Because this snow was unexpected, none of the plants were protected.  I am hoping, because it did not get below freezing, the snow will not have damaged anything.  Many tender perennials still looked fine.

 

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The above photo is the bamboo still weighted down with snow.   We had two large pine limbs break off, but they did not fall on anything, thankfully.  Tonight it is supposed to get down into the upper twenties, and then tomorrow it will be in the low sixties.  One thing about winter here, we don’t stay cold long.

When I put the snow falling on my blog, I never thought I would see the real thing this year.  I am so excited that I get to participate in Nancy Bond’s Garden Bloggers’ First Snowfall Project.

Saturday will be the first chance to see if there has been any plant damage.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything is okay.  I know that there are so many northern gardeners who will look at this snow and not be too impressed, but for a semitropical area this was a very nice surprise.