A wet snow

There is no reason for concern with this morning’s snowfall, at least not in this garden, though there are reports that areas nearby have greater accumulation. Though the snow is wet and branches are arching, there will not be enough in this garden to cause any damage.   If there is a potential complication for areas with more snow, it is that in this unusual late autumn many brown leaves have not fallen, and more of the wet snow clings to branches.

The snowy view from the kitchen window.

In any case, it’s December, and snow is not unusual. There is no question that it transforms the garden, and as a temporary ornament it’s lovely, particularly when the gardener is satisfied that no injury will result.

Nandina berries shine through the snow. Some tall branches of nandinas arch under the weight of this wet snow, but there should not be enough accumulation to cause a problem.

The unusual sight is the few flowers poking through the snow, not camellias and mahonias with blooms that are not unusual in December, but the few scattered flowers of reblooming azaleas and Rankin jasmine.

Most of the sczattered flowers of Autumn Amethyst azalea are hidden beneath the snow, but several buds rise above.
Flowers of camellias will be ruined with nighttime temperatures in the teens expected this week.
Flowers of Winter Sun mahonia will not be damaged by temperatures in the teens, with several mahonias just beginning their winter flowering.

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