and the first snow of the year. Say what??? Yep, you read that right ~ we got the first snow of the season last night and into today. It was heavy, wet stuff that left a TON of damage in its wake since most of our trees & shrubs were still fully leafed out. I was out throughout the night and all day today trying to knock it off the branches I could reach. Tomorrow I'll have to assess the damage but already I hear chain saws working on the many branches down across the neighborhood. The ground was warm ~ it was 80 degrees on Monday ~ so the pavements and streets mostly melted. Below you can see some of the accumulation on my patio table:
At one time I measured 10" using a ruler but I'm sure there was more since it was melting the whole time. Here's another look out the back patio door:
Isn't that crazy?? Melted concrete but piles of snow.
Thank goodness for 'Powder Puff' Hibiscus that opened in the middle of our wintry day:
Feeling grateful I brought it indoors to overwinter, I'd considered otherwise. It's loaded with buds:
which it also had last year but then they all fell off after coming inside?? That's why I was torn about whether to keep it or not. I don't know what I did differently this year, I'm just happy for a bloom when everything is cold and white outside.
Makes the whole snow thing a bit easier to swallow, doesn't it??