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View from the Window October 30, 2019

Colors remain

The view from the window is slightly skewed today so I (we) can see the full garden, fence to fence. The river birches have lost most of their leaves but neighboring oaks and maples, along with our chestnut tree have lots of leaves left to keep us raking.

The northern view of the garden

There is sufficient overlap you can even see the pails. It is so hard to be cleaning and storing equipment this time of the year. The golden shrub in the middle of the photo is Clethra alnifolia. Sometimes it is called summersweet for its flowers and fragrance. It is one of the many waterloving plants in the garden.

Zinnias and more

The zinnias are still giving us a lot  of bloom, but there are a few snapdragons and tiny marigolds  blooming as well. The ground cover is still a bright fresh green.The weather has been quite mild with only an occasional nippy day.  No frost. Today’s temperature was 60 degrees, and last night there was another shower. Makes raking a bit easier.

The view from the window is one way I keep a record of the weather and the length of bloom.

Raspberries

The weather has been so mild that everyday I go out and pick a few raspberries. On this day I collected half a pint. I will have to search my records to find out the name of this very long and late blooming berry.

View from the Window December 8, 2016

View from the window December 8, 2016

View from the window December 8, 2016

The view from the window shows that we had our first snowfall, just over an inch, but it didn’t last long. Temperatures mostly ranged in the 30s and 40s. I guess I am done putting the garden to bed. Our first complete year in the new garden draws to a close leaving us with a sense of satisfaction – and a list of things to do next spring.

View from the Bedroom Window – April 2015

April 5, 2015

April 5, 2015

The view from the bedroom window shows that winter is just not giving up. Snow squalls and below freezing temperatures.

View from the Bedroom Window April 10, 2015

View from the Bedroom Window April 10, 2015

Will winter never end?

View from the bedroom window April 12, 2014

View from the bedroom window April 12

Oh, my. Temperature up to 64 degrees.

View from the Bedroom window  May 4, 2015

View from the bedroom window May 4, 2015

I’m cheating a little here, but we went to Texas to visit our daughter’s family and celebrate grandson’s Eagle Scout ceremony.  When we returned it looked like spring might be here to stayl

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Iced April – View from the bedroom window

View from the Bedroom Window

View from the bedroom window April 10, 2015

The view from the bedroom window shows a world iced with crystal and shrouded in mist.

Yellow birch

Yellow Birch – Iced and shrouded

I love taking photos of this yellow birch in the west field. So mysterious shrouded in fog.

Iced trees

Iced trees on April 10, 2015

I didn’t worry about all the perennials buried under three feet of snow all during the frigid month of February, but ice on the weeping cherry is definitely a worry.

Ice on  the wisteria

Ice on the wisteria April 10, 2015

I wonder how the wisteria feels about all the ice. Probably not happy.

View from the Bedroom Window – March 2015

View from the Bedroom Window  March 15, 2015

View from the Bedroom Window March 2, 2015

February ended cold, and March began cold. 10 degrees at 7 am on March 2. The fountain juniper is almost completely covered.

View from the Bedroom Window  March 4, 2015

View from the Bedroom Window March 4, 2015

More snow yesterday, but warmer temperatures – over freezing.

View from the Bedroom Window  March 16, 2015

View from the Bedroom Window March 16, 2015

Temperatures are staying at freezing or below – but the fountain juniper  begins to reveal itself.  The only place to find color is at the Smith College Spring Bulb show.

Veiw from the Bedroom Window   March 22, 2015

View from the Bedroom Window March 22, 2015

More sun, but still freezing temperatures. And yet melting – or subliming – continues.  “Sublime  verb –  to move from a  solid (ice or snow) to vapor.”

 

View from the Bedroom Window  March 26, 2015

View from the Bedroom Window March 26, 2015

I wouldn’t have taken a photo today but the early morning fog is so beautiful.  Last night there was rain, then snow.  By noon the sun was shining and the temperature had risen to 50 degrees!  Not for long.

View from the Bedroom Window  March 31, 2015

View from the Bedroom Window March 31, 2015

And so March finally ends. The snow is still deep and frozen over most of the landscape.  Last year there were patches of bare ground. What will April bring?

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View from the Bedroom Window – November 2014

November 3, 2014 View from the Bedroom Window

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

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

Ice on November 17

The snow melted some, but was replaced with freezing rain and ice.

November 28, 2014 after the snowstorm

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 – September 2014

View from the bedroom window September 2, 2014

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, 2014

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

September 29, 2014

Fewer flowers are blooming in the Lawn Beds, but color is rising all around us in the woods.

View from the Bedroom Window – August 2014

August 11, 2014

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

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

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 2014

View from the Bedroom Window July 1, 2014

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

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

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 2014

View from the Bedroom Window June 1, 2014

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

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

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.