Thursday, February 13, 2014

Survivalist Snowdrops

I was so worried about all the flowers around the farmyard when the weather plunged to below freezing and blew blizzard-y snow for 4 days.  Before the freeze and snow the snowdrops were blooming and the Daphne were budding out nicely.  But today I did a walkabout to assess any damage to the flowers and guess what?  They are fine!!  This is a Snowdrop from underneath.. isn't it pretty?

The Snowdrops spread nicely on their own, we have patches of them all over the farmyard.  These are out front under the 3 huge weeping Birch trees and Rhododendrons.

This huge patch is in our front entry area in front of our family room end of the house.  The other side of the vintage brick and cobblestone walkway has been taken over with creeping Myrtle and I just talked to Kristi about us ripping all the Myrtle out of that side.  It's so invasive!

You can see the little green edging in the blooms that are open.

There is a patch of them up under the old apple tree.

A close inspection of the Daphne showed some freeze damage, but on the whole, they look pretty good.  

Hopefully our winter weather is done for the year and we can continue our run into Spring.  I was outside in my turtleneck, no coat, no hat.. for this walkabout.  It's 54.3 degrees f. and sunny today!

Even the daffodils survived the freezing snowy blizzard-y week!  Here is a patch behind my tiny Japanese Lace Leaf Maple.

Are you as amazed as I am that all these things survived?  We have a lot of garden clean up to do after all the storms - we have branches and pine tips everywhere that blew out of the huge Douglas Firs and Cedar trees from our little forest.  Kristi has already raked several piles of debris for us.

Even the tulip and other bulbs that were up in our big pot are okay and ready to move on and bloom!  

I feel sorry for all the folks who live in the East and are bracing for more snow.  I am all set for Valentine's Day, with cards for Dayle and the boys.  I sent cards to our grandsons in Vancouver, WA and to my granddaughters in Ohio.  And hubby said he was going to take me out to dinner tonight!   I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!  
((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Oh I am so happy to hear all your lovely flowers survived the bitter cold you all experienced. How lucky are you to see all the new blooms on the farm. I haven't seen not one single bloom here but hopefully soon. We are do for some much warmer weather come the weekend so I will surely take advantage of that and do a little yard work flowers beds look so unhappy right now.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you too and thank you so much for my birthday wish.
    xx Shari

  2. Beautiful garden as always ☺ Our summer has been hot hot looking forward to winter lol

  3. Wowee, look at that bursting of Spring about to happen! Those snowdrops are so pretty! Glad everything survived the surprise snow storm.

  4. Wow! I'm surprised but happy that everything survived the snow, ice and wind! How are the koi faring? I've been thinking about them since your last post showed the pond covered in snow and ice. Have fun at dinner. Dennis took me to Olive Garden last night when I got home so that will be our Valentine's day celebration. :-)

  5. Your farm is so pretty. I love all the flowers and bulbs you have poking up now. I'm really excited to have bulbs planted now myself. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day with Dayle!

  6. Ohhhhh thanks for the walk about the farm, Teresa! I love your photos of the snowdrops! I have never lived in a home that had snowdrops growing in the yard. Very special! And I am so glad the other flowers survived as well. We have a lot of yard clean-up to do, too. After a meeting at church this morning I stopped at Freddies to do some shopping and actually got hot wearing my raincoat! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours :) xx

  7. What a nice walk around the farm! I can't believe all of the snow is gone! How great that the flowers and all, survived!
    Hope you and Dayle had a nice dinner tonight.
    xo Kris

  8. Beautiful photos of your snowdrops Teresa--especially that close up! Love! Next year I am going to buy some as soon as they're available.
    Spent the day in Portland today eating Irish food, donuts, pancakes and tracking down some goats and a historic house. Tomorrow more plans as well as this weekend.
    Wishing you a very blessed Valentine's Day tomorrow!

  9. Wow Teresa you are so lucky ... All of your flowers survived, you have your faithful, wonderful helper Kristy to help you rake and your wonderful husband taking you to dinner... You are a lucky girl. Happy Valentines day for you my dear friend !

  10. Beautiful snowdrops, I really love to see them. I always think of them as the first flower of the year. I'm glad the weather isn't too bad where you are. Here in the UK it's been dreadful - so much flooding and destruction. I hope you and Dayle have a lovely weekend too, and that he's healing well.

  11. Such beautiful signs of Spring, some of my azaleas are blooming and the grass is getting green where it was disturbed by patches of frost. Have a love filled day Teresa, and tell Dayle I said he needs to spoil you after all you have done taking care of him,

  12. The snowdrops are so pretty and fresh looking. I'm looking forward to spring, it's been a long winter. Enjoy your dinner out with your husband. I hope he is doing well after his surgery. It sounds like he is getting great care from you and your daughter-in-law. Take care, Heather

  13. Those snow drops are beautiful and they look so fragile but clearly they are sturdy little things. I am so glad all your flowers have come through the bad weather, they are so lovely x

  14. Thank goodness things look Ok Teresa! Lovely tour.......we are in the mist of a blizzard and winding down. We have about 18 inches and I'm still smiling somehow.
    Happy Valentines Day, xoRobin

  15. so fun to see the snowdrops en masse

  16. Your flowers are gorgeous! Happy Valentines Day!


  17. I do find it rather amazing that no matter what nature is put through, it always springs back. There is always renewal and growth. That's what life is all about. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  18. I look at those bulbs popping from the soil and don't know whether to laugh or cry. Mine are buried under the snowfall of the century and it may be June before I get to see them. You are surely blessed to be able to see Mother Nature's little darling flowers so early in the year.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)


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