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A rare sight

For those of you who are buried under snow so deep you can't find your car, please forgive me. This is a snow post, my chance to wax poetic about the frosty landscape outside my door. Forget camellias, daffodils, hellebores, and other harbingers of spring. We have snow! Winter does exist in Alabama, and rare proof fell from the sky for several hours today. Just a reminder that the land does not belong to spring. Yet. 

I have seen two great snowfalls in my lifetime. Once in 1963 and again in 1993. Today didn't compare. I think we got about two inches. The roads were warm enough that it didn't stick to them, which is good, but the snow rapidly adhered to grass, shrubs, and tree branches. So here are my winter wonderland photos, and if you are from some place like Canada, Alaska, or Washington DC, you may look the other way.the parking court in front of housea view across the front lawna view of the front gardenanother view of the front garden
the driveway

a view of the woodland garden
woodland rabbitevergreen treesa frosty birdhouseRed berries still cling to dogwood by the patio.small pine tree frosted with snowwind-chime in the lady garden

holly and camellia in the snowpath in the snowy woodsNow, time for some hot chocolate! Everybody stay warm.  


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Reader Comments (21)

Cold, cold, cold.

But absolutely beautiful.

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanie

Deb, I'm from Maine, a place that ought to look like this in winter, but we haven't had snow in almost a month. I'm frankly envious! -Jean

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Well I really enjoyed your photos ... beautiful scenes! But that's from someone who doesn't ever see snow where she lives ... so I can wax lyrical about the beauty in this landscape ... great photos.

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

Deborah-- your photos are lovely! I love a light frosting and you've captured it so nicely. I got married the weekend of your 1993 snow - I'll never forget that one. Come on over if you want to see the results of our massive snow dump here in Philadelphia...it will be a long time before we see the ground again. Kelly

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly@LifeOutOfDoors

Deb~~ The last photo with the barn reminds me of a Christmas card. All your photos are just beautiful. Garden blogger buddy Darla in Florida was thinking she might snow too, a winter for the books. Stay warm.

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

WE just had about 8 inches of snow and it was so pretty that it almost made me forget how much I long for springtime. I ;am in upstate NY so we see plenty of snow all winter long. We haven't had many big ones this year, just a lot of 2 to 4 inch snowfalls. There is nothing quite like a really good snowstorm. The world is quiet and clean. I enjoyed your photos.

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

Gorgeous! It missed us in the north part of Alabama but snow is predicted for Sunday. I'm glad you guys farther south got to enjoy it! I'm looking forward to seeing photos of your garden in the spring and summer.

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip

It really is quite beautiful to look at in the pictures. Don't see much snow around these parts but this crazy winter it wouldn't surprise me if it did.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersanddune

Although we have had 5 days continuous snow falls, I still like your pictures very much. Do enjoy snow before it melts!
We finally today have sun shining, after I don’t know how many days of cloudy skies...
Stay warm.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervrtlaricaana

Even without flowers, the sight is still beautiful..... ~bangchik

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbangchik

Dear Deborah, Your pictures are magical. Whilst I appreciate for some there may have been a little too much snow, this landscape looks irresistible. I do love the signs of new growth pushing through but do feel somewhat sad for all of the wildlife which struggles in these kinds of conditions.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdith Hope

I just found your blog and have wandered through your posts, enjoying them all. Your gardens are lovely and I like the way you write. I'll check back for more. Like the commenter from Maine, I'm a New Englander and you have as much snow as we do... and yours is prettier!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

This is exactly how I want it to snow at Kilbourne Grove! So pretty, just like a Christmas card. I just get the big dumps, that break the branches on the boxwoods!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah at Kilbourne Grove

Deb ... these are lovely snowy landscapes ... I love the one with what I thought was a real rabbit... though I do not care for real rabbits! The white dustings on the shrubs and trees is very beautiful. Enjoy! ;>)

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol


beautiful amazing photos, it must be nice to see a winter wonderland like this....i'm soo happy to see this and not freeze my butt off in front of the computer screen while i'm eating my breakfast papaya.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternoel

Brrrr - you're making me cold with all of your snow pics!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiza

It does look beautiful there! It's so much more fun to enjoy when it's not something you see all winter. If we ever get any snow this winter I'll be taking lots of pictures too.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Beautiful pictures Deborah!
As I'm from somewhere where we very rarely get snow (it may happen once every six or seven years and is certainly not the stuff that settles) I have very much enjoyed looking at your picturesque scenes :)

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

The garden looks so beautiful here, it truly is a winter wonder land. I love how the snow clings to the trees and plants and really makes the photos pop out. :)

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

I'll wager if you had to deal with snow day after day, all winter, every year, you would not be nearly as enamored of it! Yes, it's pretty, but it's cold, wet and miserable to me! We've been buried for weeks, and more on it's way tonight. Argh! LOL

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobinL

It's completely understandable why you were enamored with it. One, it makes for lovely photos, doesn't it?! Second, it's just plain fun, and a novelty, if it's not a common occurance. Even here in VA, where snow is 'typical' in the winters, our recent 'blast' was most exciting...almost 3 feet in areas. School was off for 10 days...the kids just went back this week! Now, it's looking really dirty and just plain yucky. I grew up in PA, then NY, high school in Maine, and OH for quite a while, and grad school...then lived in Germany...so snow is something I'm very used to. But I like WHITE snow, for skiing...not this messy, dirty stuff;-) Ah, it'll be wonderful to have spring so we can just all gloat over our gardens and forget this white stuff. But I see why you'd be excited and how beautiful it does (did) look!

February 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan (ThanksFor2Day)

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