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Nature's Inspiration Movie

http://www.flickspire.com/m/HealthierL433/NaturesInspiration -- Nature's Inspiration Movie: The photographs in this short video are from award-winning photographer, Ken Jenkins, and they are breathtaking. However, this video is much more than beautiful photographs! Peggy Anderson has compiled beautiful quotations from the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, and many others that truly capture the beauty of nature and solitude. Absolute must watch for nature lovers.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The First Day of Snow in 2016

We had our first snow on this past Saturday night (November 19). The rain turned into snow though the temperature was about thirty-seven degree Fahrenheit. It was a very strange weather phenomena.



I rushed out to bring the potted tender perennials plants indoor.



But it was not necessary. All the plants, even the heat-loving eggplants and pepper-plants, survived the snow. Apparently, plants can handle some snow and frost as long as the grounds do not freeze up and their stems/trunks do not freeze up and rot.



Winter is definitely in the year. Another year is ending. For most people, the year ends and begin with the new year eve. For me, the year ends and begin with growing season. Though the sky is bright with soft-cotton clouds;



Most of the trees have shed their leaves


However, the majestic oak, here, is still holding on to the leaves


grass is still green and much green can be seen among the plants but the growing period has essentially come to an end (unless of course one has a heated or some other kind of green-house). So, for me another year has ended. The new year will start sometime in April.



It's usually the time to look back into the past-year to take stock of what has succeeded in the garden; what failed. I usually do not dwell on such lessons. A plant or a garden can fail for too many variables -- climate, micro-climate, soil, too much rain, too little rain, too high temperature, too low temperature. I usually look to the coming year. I have already ordered newer flowering plants and varieties of vegetable and flower seeds. I need to order live-plants. I plan to trim some trees, cut down dead trees, expand the pool and create more raised-beds, and grow more flower. I hope to connect the front and back-garden through a corridor of flowers for my pollinator friends. That is why it is good idea to have plants in garden that can keep on flowering till the onset of "true" winter when ground freezes up, temperature is always below freezing and the atmosphere is laden with snow. Until the true winter sets in, native bees are out hunting as soon the sun is up and shining.



Saffron growing here. Saffron bloom in November and then again in April. I have to put up that protection-cover so that the bulbs are not eaten up squirrels and chipmunks. 




All the roses have gone into sleep for the year; but this plant decided to throw a last-minute show. Only this lonely rose bloomed in the last few days when it snowed and temperature has really dropped. 


Beside planning, I am enjoying the various color of fall in my garden,

 


and the architectural-structure left behind by the dead plants and seeds





I'm joining in the memes hosted by Rambling Woods, Photographing NZ and St Germain's meme.

16 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving KL! Yes our season is over now. The day of the election we had started to change our front yard gardens totally. I was so excited about planning and then the election, but when I can't sleep which is often now, I plan plants for the garden...Michelle

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving from North Idaho. We had our first snow and I forgot to blog about it. Came in from Hootin Annie and if you find time stop in for a cup of coffee.

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  3. oh no.... hope those plants can be saved

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  4. Thanks for visiting my bird blog. No snow here yet but a frost last night. As for your question - the Linnet, a European species of finch, is not realated to the sparrow family of birds.

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  5. When I was a youngster, I couldn't wait for snowfall. Now, I only enjoy it through viewing photos, such as yours you share.

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  6. There's still so much beauty in your garden. :)
    We have already had snow for several times and again it has melted away... everything is just brown and grey. I'm looking forward to receiving more snow, also to be able to see more tracks of interesting animals. I have never seen "our" lynxes or foxes but I'd love to!
    In our country we don't, unfortunately, celebrate Thanksgiving and I have heard people wishing each other Happy Thanksgiving only in American films. :) Now I'm really pleased I can wish you... Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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  7. Even though we don't have hard winters and last winter didn't even happen much at all, I try to keep flowers blooming as long as I can. Your rain/snow day is, indeed, strange. I like that sort of thing :)

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  8. This is such a great post with beautiful shots of the snow! What a bummer -so sorry, KL (which name would you like to go by?) - I have to email the owner of the meme, but I first like to know, was the linky list closed before 7pm (Pacific time) on Wednesday and you were not able to load up your thumbnail pic?
    The last 3 Wednesdays I have not been able to reach the V20 linky list, but it has been rainy here and live on a higher altitude - with that weather I have trouble linking everywhere...so, I have to find out if it's the linky list, or my internet connection.
    Hope you had a good thanksgiving!
    Hope you want to link this post up coming Sunday or Monday. Those are the beginning dates of the open linky list. Tuesday is also open, and Wednesday is my last day for the SEASONS's meme/challenge.

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  9. You're right KL, autumn is very colorful and graphical season. Love your pictures of red leafed and greenness still growing in your garden. But it's true a year is going to its end, we had snow some times and it melted the at nights. I prefer snow than rain and wind, the days are brighter with snow.

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  10. That is really the last Rose of summer hanging in there! Your garden is still lovely in its early winter state! I remember that our lawn always looked so green and lovely after the first snow melted ... there must be some nutrients in snow... good for plants until it freezes. I hope you don't have too hard of a winter.

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  11. I didn't know that any insect was out when it gets that cold although I saw something flying in the fitness center pool the other day. The photos are great fall samples. I love the yellow grass and the colors and variety you've shown us.

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  12. Great post. I've been trying to think ahead to the spring garden.
    Pulled out the last of our pepper plants and put in the compost pile.
    Any thought on blight resistant tomatoes???

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  13. Sounds like you have lots of good plans. We had just a dash of snow and then it got warm again.

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  14. Hello KL, i've always felt a little pity for plants during winter, because from lushness they sometimes just suddenly succumb to frost and snow.

    By the way, you gave a very beautiful offer in visiting my recent blog post. That is asking for my address and you will send me gaillardia seeds. I appreciate that very much. My previous one has been there for a few years but our very hot dry season last year got it fully. It was sent by also another blogger friend from the US. However, i cannot see your email add to send my address. Mine is abagillon67@gmail.com. Thanks.

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  15. Even November garden has lots of beauty and interest! You had your first snow, and we might have it very soon. Thanks for a reminder, KC!

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  16. I'm not really sure what I use to mark the end/beginning of the year. I suppose that, since moving to New Zealand, I'm like you and mark it by the garden. I think it's special when the garden comes up with that 'one more' bit of color.

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