Being homebound all weekend during Portland’s recent snow and ice storm had it’s moments of beauty. Here are a few from the garden.

snowy-garden

First came the snow – about 6-8″ in a town with few snow plows. The covers blew off my raised beds, which were then blanketed in white.

icy-leeks

Then came the ice. Freezing rain kicked in and left 1/2-1″ thick icy over the snow.  The leeks and onions are still standing, like brave soldiers.

 

icy-pergola

All of this tells you pretty quickly which plants are truly cold-hardy and which ones are borderline. The euphorbia, which I think will actually pull through, just looked droopy and displeased.

icy-euphorbia

Meanwhile the rosemary stood tall with glistening needles.

icy-rosemary

We may lose the blooms from early flowering plants, like our quince, that were already opening up.

 

snowy-quince

Our apricot tree’s buds were just starting to swell, so I am still optimistic it will bloom and fruit like normal.
icy-apricot

 

Things started to melt toward the end of the weekend, but refroze again overnight.

icy-hardy-kiwi

With all the buzz of spring planning, this cold snap was a stunning reminder of winter’s force. It’s a brilliant, quiet and powerful time of year. It deserves a bit more of my attention to savor the present moment before getting swept into spring plans.

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Written by Renee Wilkinson