Saturday, March 8

Buried

Apparently "Buried" is what comes after "Encased." This beats last year's Easter storm hands down:


One of my infamous lions, the mailwoman's training gate, and a tiny sprig of Northern sea oats, chasmantium latifolium. The only other plant life that can be seen in my front yard is the top 2/3 of the Japanese maple--the snow is so deep that you can't see my mountain laurel, doublefile viburnum, bank of hollies, etc.

And in the midst of the biggest storm in recent memory, we get to "spring forward" timewise tonight. How ironic! :)

30 comments:

Carol said...

Yes, there is a certain irony in "springing forward" to daylight savings time with this much snow. But I gotta tell you... you have a LOT, A LOT more snow than I do, so I am going to quit whining!

Karen said...

I'm trying to determine from your photo whether you have more snow than we do. I think it's pretty close. The snow just has not let up this winter. I can't believe we're going to a maple syrup event tomorrow. How can the sap be running when there's this much snow on the ground? (And we won't even talk about the irony of "spring forward".)

Leslie said...

Maybe the 'springing' forward will encourage spring to arrive...I am amazed at the amount of snow you have!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Carol, at this point of the season, snow brings us equal opportunity whining... be it 2 or 20 inches! lol. (And here you had me excited about planting peas and lettuce on St. Pat's. I'm rethinking the wisdom of that now.)

Karen, I would tell you how much snow we have gotten today, but I'm not really sure. The "troughs" of the drifts are all at least 8 inches, and some of the "peaks" in the backyard are at least 4 feet high, judged against the fenceline.

I hope you blog about your maple syrup event. I can't imagine that the sap is running in this weather, either, so I'd like to know how that turns out!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Leslie, me too! And as I drove through Independence this morning I wondered if your Dad was still here visiting and *cough* enjoying this lovely Cleveland weather. :)

Benjamin Vogt said...

My wife's parents live in Columbus (where I lived for 3 years), and they said they got 20". WOW! Growing up in Minnesota we got over 30" over Halloween in 1991 (just as the Twins were wrapping up the world series--for a 15 year old kid it was HEAVEN on earth. Actually, for a 31 year old it would be, too!). Enjoy your snow.

Annie in Austin said...

Oh well, Kim - maybe the old saying about late snow being 'Poor man's fertilizer' will be true, and once spring comes all you snow-states will be gorgeous!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Meagan said...

Wow... That's awesome. Is the side door any better?

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Benjamin, that's the big story... apparently it's a record in Columbus, more than the 15.3 they received back in 1910 or '11! Not a record here, but a whole lot of snow just the same.

And yes, it is kind of fun for this 32 year old kid... just not the driving in it part! Most highways are down to 1 lane yet in places (just no place to put the snow) so I can't imagine how the morning commute will be tomorrow.

Annie, I hadn't heard that saying before... but I like the idea! I'm all for a gorgeous spring... but I wonder if it just looks even more gorgeous because of a hard winter, or really because of the late snow? *grin*

Meagan the side door isn't much better... Brian shoveled a walk way through the main drift for the dog to have backyard access--and for me to reach the bird feeder! You guys have a lot, too, I know, based on what I'm seeing around work...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh Kim, you got the prize for snow fall amounts. WOW I was staying with a friend that lives north of Indy this weekend and they got a little snow. Nothing like this. I bet your plants will be thankful when it all melts and give them a good drink.

Layanee said...

Kim: I am sooo sorry! We got it in the form of rain for which I am grateful. It can't last too long can it?

Ellis Hollow said...

We had mostly rain and ice:
http://www.remarc.com/craig/?p=346

I would much rather shovel snow.

Kylee said...

Oh Kim....you guys really got it, as did Columbus and Cincy. We JUST missed it, as my mom and dad, who live in Van Wert, just 13 miles south of us, got nine inches. We only got a couple.
We were in Chicago all weekend, so I wasn't sure what to expect when we got home this afternoon, but not bad at all.
This is just getting ridiculous - all this snow.

Kerri said...

I guess it was definitely your turn for the snow. Wow, you really got socked! How many inches did you end up with? We had heavy rain, then a bit of snow last night and frigid winds that howled like a banchee. They were still blowing today, but not quite so crazily.
I'll bet Coco loves it :)
Glad you enjoyed the squirrel, etc. :)

Heather's Garden said...

Ouch, Kim. I keep expecting a huge March storm because our winter has been so mild, but as Layanee said, we just got rain here in the Northeast. Lots and lots of rain. But I bet you'd trade all that snow for my mud.

Kelly said...

Isn't is so wonderful?! We needed to have one good storm. My hens are so nicely insulated now in their tractor. But they're saying 50s on Thursday. Spring really is coming!

joey said...

Hold tight, Kim ... Last March we slipped from winter into summer with temps in the 80s by the end of the month. Perhaps again??? (A good thought from all this snow ~ it is a 'gift' for the Great Lakes and our gardens.)

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Greenbow Lisa, what's the prize? Can I be able to turn my furnace off on March 31st for the rest of spring, summer, and fall? (I'd love that prize!) :)

Layanee, I shouldn't complain about any precip after last summer's bad drought, should I? Not sure how long it will last... several inches have melted already as evidenced by the fact that I can see a few things that I couldn't see before. Thursday is supposed to be 50 and rainy, so maybe that will help.

Craig, yikes... you did seem to have harsher weather. But as I noted on your blog, you got much prettier pictures out of the storm than I did. :)

Kylee, that sounds about right... my parents said that they were lucky to get 6 inches where they are. They were able to get the basketball game in last night (was supposed to be Saturday) and our boys won so they're heading to state! (My cousin is a sophomore and dresses varsity but plays just a little. He has to be excited!)

Kerri, I honestly don't know. I think that they say between 18 and 24 for areas around here, but I have no idea how they can measure, really. There were so many drifts that it has to be an estimate only. :)

By the way, Coco IS loving it, but she doesn't understand why we're walking in the road--she doesn't like that, thank goodness. Brian went through the backyard yesterday while I was at work and shoveled "pooch tunnels" where her usual rounds in the backyard are... he followed her tracks in the snow so the paths follow her usual routes well. She's so spoiled. lol.

Heather, I might prefer your mud... driving in it, anyway! Cleaning off dog paws would be the only negative, though... :)

Kelly, I was wondering how the wildlife was doing in your yard. :) Glad to hear that the girls are insulated in their tractor!

Joey, hmm. I don't know about the 80s... I could handle some good 60s, though! *grin* Good point about the lakes... as my recent visits to Edgewater show, the lakes could definitely use the moisture.

Kylee said...

Kim, Wayne Trace is going to state, too!!!!!! We were so thrilled for Al (Welch), because it's his last year of coaching. He's retiring, after 33 years. What a way to go out!!! This is their fourth time there with him as coach, and they won it in 1991. I'm doubly excited for him because he's my cousin. :-)
What Division is OG? WT is IV.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Kylee, congrats!!! :) We're Division III for basketball, so there will be no conflict in us rooting for each other in Columbus! *grin* (And we're playing a 1-loss team, Anna, so we'll need it!) Do you know who Wayne Trace plays yet?

Kylee said...

We play New Knoxville, whom I hear is undefeated. We have had four losses this year. They play on Thursday night. I found the brackets and see that OG plays on Friday afternoon.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Yup, buried is the right word. :-)

Spring forward timewise will be at the end of March in the Netherlands.

Here we had 2 days of rain, rain and more rain and then a big storm as well.

tina said...

you do an excellent job of answering comments-i can see why you have so many! how did the blackswamp get its name where grew up? and what zone are you in? seems like ohio is pretty close to tennessee so i bet the growing conditions are the same. love your blog-very nice layout!

Shady Gardener said...

Kim, Anything melting over there since Saturday? We had some nice warm temps today (50 degrees!). Most of our snow is gone. However, if things start growing and we have more freezing temps, I'll be sorry and YOU won't! Because your little plants are nice and snug in their beds. ;-)

WiseAcre said...

:) there was still plenty of snow left over for us. I'm not complaining I'm just going crazy.

The County Clerk said...

That snow is GOOD news. It is still too early for things as you know. Best keep 'em tucked in 'neath a blanket for a little while longer.

But that looks like A BIG blanket.

Apple said...

I feel your pain. We're getting more snow today. I hope your's melts quickly.

lisa said...

Spring has been delayed so much this year, it's not gonna "spring" when it finally arrives, it's gonna EXPLODE! ;-)

Robin (Bumblebee) said...

Whoa. I had to go back and remind myself where you are. That's a mighty impressive snowstorm. It's not unheard of for us to get snow in March here in Southern MD. But happily, this has been a mild week and I have even had the windows open in the afternoons.

Robin at Bumblebee

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