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Friday, March 27, 2015

Springtime Snow Flurries

Yesterday, it was cold and wet, as we had had rain and a little hail the night before. Nevertheless, Bow was happy to go outside and enjoy the slightly cooler but still fine spring weather.

Everything was in bud or was blossoming, and many of the flowers still dripped with the recent rain.

The forsythia was in full bloom.

And the cherry trees were budding.

But this morning there are snow flurries.

While the snow is not sticking to the ground, you can see it accumulating a little on the trunks and limbs of the oak trees.

See that white stuff hanging on the the lichens? That is snow.

There is a small accumulation of snow on some of the limbs of the oak and of the pine trees.

I hope that this unexpected snowfall does not prevent us from having cherries and peaches and pears this year. It's been a few years since we last had peaches like this:

The trees used to be loaded with peaches, more than we could possibly eat.

Both Sword and Bow enjoyed the peaches. They were juicy and picked only once they had ripened.

 But for the past few years, whether due to a late frost or for some other reason, we have not had peaches.

Let's hope this year will be different and that the snow flurries we are experiencing will not affect our future fruit yield.


  1. I have been discouraged by the late frosts and the way they destroy everything after it has bloomed too, Aya. We have 5 cherry trees whose fruit we want to try, but every year the frost gets the buds and we have only sampled one small bunch - 3-4 cherries so far. I'm surprised how much your forsythia bush is blooming - mine is definitely not that far along yet!

    1. Hi, Kathy. Five cherry trees is a lot. I only have two. But I hope we each get to sample lots of cherries from our respective trees this year, despite the weather.

      That forsythia bush is the one favored by the rabbits who like to hide under it. I have some other forsythias that are not in full bloom yet, too.

  2. P.S.....had to look up "lichens"...thanks. ;-)

    1. Glad I could be of help. :-). It's usually you who teach me new botanical terms!

  3. I do hope that the weather cooperates with your peaches and you get lots this year. Non of our trees or flowers have bloomed yet, The hyacinths have poked out of the ground and have their buds, but not bloomed yet.

    1. Thanks, Debbie. I hope so, too! I sounds like your trees and flowers are playing it safe. That means they will not be bothered by any unexpected cold weather we have in the next few days.

  4. The warm weather and frost is like the mountain weather we used to experience in our local mountains here in Southern California, up until the last two years. Now it is just super dry. Maybe this region is becoming more of a desert just like North Africa did a few thousand years ago.

    1. Hi, Julia. I never really thought of this as mountain weather, although we are in the Ozarks. I hope your area does not turn into a desert for good. Climate fluctuations are a natural part of life on earth, but I hope this is a small and transitory one.