February 10, 2015
It is bright and white and barely freezing. The snow has stopped. The plow arrived. One car got out.
The house at the End of the Road
Sargent crabtree in Sunken Garden February 10, 2015
The snow has fallen and drifted into the Sunken Garden, half burying the Sargent Crabtree. The western wall is over six feet high – also buried.
Cottage Ornee February 10, 2015
Plowed Snowbank February 10, 2015
If you look closely you’ll see a tiny branch at the right of this photo, hinting of the three hydrangeas now buried – and probably damaged. Sigh.
Plowed snowbank at the End of the Road
We are really really happy that our ‘driveway’ is town road, plowed and maintained by the town, but I do wonder how far my wood chip pile has been pushed into the field. Oh well, it will be waiting for me in the spring. Temperature reached 32 degrees today.
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Sastrugi February 1, 2015
It hasn’t been a great winter for the formation of sastrugi. The snow has been heavy and wet, not much given to drifting. But this last snow storm brought frigid temperatures and high gusting winds. The result is the first sastrugi of the year forming at the western lip of the Sunken Garden. The word sastrugi is from a Russian word which means snow wave or caves. We have all noticed them.
Same sastrugi February 2, 2015
More now. The sastrugi shifts and the Sunken Garden is filling up with drifts.
Sastrugi February 3, 2015
I couldn’t resist adding this photo showing the final sastrugi sculpture now that the snow and wind have stopped.
Gentle sastrugi waves February 17, 2014
Some times the sastrugi waves are very gentle
Sastrugi cave along the road January 24, 2009
A windy winter brings many sculptural shows like this sastrugi along the road. The wind is a powerful and artistic worker.
Sastrugi collapse February 3, 2010
Sometimes the sastrugi is so extreme that it collapses under its own weight. You may also notice the depth of the drift in the Sunken Garden. That stone wall is over 6 feet high. The Heath winds come blowing from the northwest across the open field and dump tons of snow into the Sunken Garden. I often have to shovel the last icy bits of the drift out onto the lawn to help get all the snow out of the garden.
January 12, 2014 32 degrees at 7 am Windy day
A year ago I determined that I would keep a Weather Review for the year. The purpose of the Weather Review was an aide memoire because I can never remember whether last summer was droughty – or was it the year before. I wasn’t able to stick to a strict schedule of photography, but here we go for a quick run through the year. January 2014 was a month of extremes with early morning temperatures that ranged from -10 on January 4, to 38 on January 14.
February 2, 2014 34 degrees at 7 am
February was cold with lots of snow. Snow on February 5, 8, 13, 14, 15, snow showers until February 20 when we got a wet snow fall. Just cold!
March 9, 2014 20 degrees at 8 am and sunny
March was cold, single digit temperatures until March 8 dawned sunny and warm 40 degrees! Perfect for Heath’s first Cellar and Cave Tour. March 12 temperatures rose to 50 degrees with rain! But then plunged to single digits again. We finished the month with warmer temperatures and RAIN.
April 6, 2014 32 degrees and sunny at 7 am
April brought freezing temperatures, and rain, but also warmth and sun. Temperatures up from 38 to 52 and 70 degrees. However Easter dawned cloudy and 32 degrees, but got as high as 56. Planted pansies.
April 16, 2014 20 degrees at 7 am Two inches of snow
At least April snow doesn’t last long.
May 12, 2014 Mid day temperatures in the 90s
You can’t see the bloom from this distance, but bloom there is. Forsythia, daffodils, epimediums. And after a heavy rain, 2 inches, the night before the Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale on May 16 went off without a hitch in the sun. Many days with temperatures in the 50s. Frost occasionally threatened but the lowest recorded temperature was 40 degrees on May 29.
June 6, 2014 58 degrees at 7 am
Almost time for the Annual Rose Viewing. There is color in the garden, but no roses yet. The month began hot with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Mostly moderate temperatures in the 70s during the rest of the month. Perfect weather for the Annual Rose Viewing on June 29
July 16, 2014 75 degrees at 7 am showery day three inches of rain at night
July begins with a heat wave. Temperatures in the 80s. Torrential rains on the Fourth of July. All festivities cancelled. The last three days of the month were the coolest with temperature at 58 degrees each morning at 7. The highest temperature in the 90s on July 23. Thunderstorms. Look here and see how happy the flowers were.
August 19, 2014 54 degrees at 7 am
After a hot July, August was comparatively cool. Many temperatures below 60 early in the morning. The first day of the Heath Fair temperatures barely got over 60. I recorded 80 degrees on August 26, the hottest for the month, but we did spend 4 days in Vermont. Maybe we missed the hot weather. Lots of flowers in August, as you can see.
September 21, 2014
No recorded temperature for September 21, but it was cold and I was sick and spent the day by the woodstove. As in June many early morning temperatures were around 60 degrees. Torrents of rain on September 6, over 2 inches. September was a month of pleasures, visits to friends, a granddaughter’s wedding and the beginning of autumn color.
October 6, 2014 36 degrees at 7 am
Our first hard frost! Moderate morning temperatures mostly in the 60s until October 20 gave us 30 degrees. The coldest morning of the month. It is time to start thinking about the end of the garden but in mid-month there is still a lot to enjoy.
October 14, 2014
The First Snow. At least a snow like this, a couple of inches in October, doesn’t last too long.
November 28, 2014
On November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, we left the family throng to race home because our neighbor’s Facebook page announced 17 inches of snow and 31 powerless hours. Fortunately, the long power outage was oddly scattered and did not hit our house. Our pipes were not frozen. Beautiful, isn’t it?
December 9, 2014 30 degrees at 7 am
Snow is pretty, but sleet, freezing rain and ice are not. Still morning temperatures are often around 30 degrees. The coldest day recorded was 15 degrees on December 30.
December 25, 2014
Christmas Day in the morning! And so ends my Weather Review for 2014. When I think back to our second December in Heath when the temperatures dipped below -25 every night for a month, I have no complaints.
November 3, 2014 View from the Bedroom Window
The view from the bedroom window on November 3 shows that the grass is still lushly green. Makes us remember that lawn grass is a cool weather crop. The trees in the landscape are all bare, but a clump of hardy chrysanthemums is still holding on.
View from the bedroom window – our first snow November 14
We woke on November 14 to the first snow. I took a poll and one and half inches qualifies as a real snow fall. Animal tracks confirm it.
Ice on November 17
The snow melted some, but was replaced with freezing rain and ice.
November 28, 2014 after the snowstorm
Thanksgiving came late but because of recent mild weather we were all lulled into a false sense of security. Snow warnings began the weekend before T-day, and did not shift. Tuesday night we planned to leave for Tyngsboro early in the morning instead of waiting. Snow began in the afternoon and kept up. Some of the family stayed home, leaving more Dessert Night for us hardy souls, but the snow stopped during the night. Everyone made it to Thanksgiving dinner. On the morning of the 28th we got word that Heath had gotten 17 inches of snow and lost power. We loaded up the car double quick and raced home – but all was well! Winter is here. As expected.
Only one more snowy month in the year, and I’ll review the movement of sun, rain, wind and snow for all of 2014. This was my one- year project to keep track of the seasons. 2015 will be different. No day is exactly the same, and certainly no season.
View from the Bedroom Window November 17, 2014
By the time we had ice on the trees and landscape we had already had our first snowfall – one and a half inches of the white stuff. But that weather all felt like a heat wave. This morning the temperature was a record breaking 16 degrees! AND the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a much colder winter in our part of the world! The firewood is almost all stacked.
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View from the bedroom window September 2, 2014
August was relatively cool this year, so it should have been no surprise that on September 2 it was 80 degrees and humid. The roofers came to put on a new roof – and were slowed down by a shower in the middle of the afternoon.
September 21, 201As
As the month progressed it became cool again. There was two inches of torrential rain on September 6 – and the new roof is not leaking! Our granddaughter Tricia’s wedding was held at Look Park in Northampton on Friday, September 12. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm. Then cooler weather again with a light frost on September 18. Some plants were nipped, but no serious damage. There does not appear to be much change, but the phlox is nearly gone by and you can see the green seeping out of the foliage in the woodlands.
September 29, 2014
Fewer flowers are blooming in the Lawn Beds, but color is rising all around us in the woods.
August 11, 2014
A cool cool August. That means the grass grows really fast, even though there hasn’t been any rain to speak of.
August 19, 2014
This has got to be one of the coolest Augusts ever. Nighttime temperatures in the 50s – and often taking a long while to warm up. The one rainfall came all at once. Torrents amounting to 2-1/2 inches on August 13.
August 26, 2014
The Lawn Beds don’t change very much, at least from this angle, but the field beyond has become more and more golden as the goldenrod comes into bloom. The weather remains cool.
View from the Bedroom Window July 1, 2014
The view from the bedroom window on July 1, 2014 shows a hot and humid landscape, but there is a breeze.
July 16, 2014
It’s been hot, humid and rainy. The rains are usually torrential – July 4 – 2 inches; July 7 – 2 inches; July 15 – 3 inches during the night.
July 30, 2014
Thelast week of July was chilly, with night temperatures in the 50′s. Breezy during the day. A total of another 2-1/2 inches rain on the July 27-28. With a few showers thrown in, we’ve had about 10 inches of rain during July.
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View from the Bedroom Window June 1, 2014
The view from the bedroom window on June 1 shows that the lilacs still have nice bloom, but there are not many flowers in bloom yet. We do move into high gear, pruning clipping and mowing to prepare for the Annual Rose Viewing which will be on Sunday, June 29 this year.
View from the bedroom window June 8, 2014
The lilacs are in shade in this photo, but they are definitely finished. No hot summer weather yet, with temperatures rarely reaching 80 degrees, and lots of good breezes that keep the bugs down. One light shower, and one good rainfall of 1-1/2 inches.
View from the bedroom window June 21, 2014
The ginkgos are finally fully leafed out and you can see that the salvia ‘May Night’ in the Lawn Bed is blooming. Still no really hot weather. We even had an evening fire in the woodstove on June 11. Sunny and breezy with about 1-1/4 inch rain since June 8.
We were so busy getting ready for the Annual Rose Viewing that I neglected to get a view from the bedroom. However, I can report that the view was very much the same. The roses that started to bloom are not really visible from this view. There was a heavy rain, 2-1/2 inches on the night of June 25. In spite of TV news reports of bad weather none materialized. June 29 dawned slowly, and was humid, but guests arrived, admired the roses. Because of so much cool weather the bloom might have been slightly less exuberant, but still there was a good show. Have I ever mentioned that it never rains on the Rose Viewing? Sometimes just before, and sometimes just after, but never between 1 and 4 pm.
March 20, 2014 9 am
It snowed and rained last night. As the first day of spring dawned the plow came through, but mostly they were sanding the road because things were a bit icy outside. The temperature was already 34 degrees – and climbing. More showers.
The Cottage Ornee is Spring sun
The rain stopped! Only the roofs are dripping, dripping. The sun came out and raised the temperature to 45 degrees. The snow will melt some today. I am not discouraged because I know it could always be worse. This is what the first day of spring looked like last year.
March 19, 2013
A foot of snow fell during the night – and it wasn’t the last snow fall of the year. Last year The Bridge of Flowers opened on schedule on April 1, but then closed again because of another snowfall. But I’m sure that won’t happen this year. Will it?