Bow to Winter

Just a week ago, the garden still managed a display of fading, but beautiful color. Then came the cold.

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From west to east across the nation, the freeze is on. The garden has bowed to winter.

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“Autumn to winter, winter into spring, Spring into summer, summer into fall, – so rolls the changing year, and so we change; motion so swift, we know not that we move” ~ Dinah Maria Mulock

Record-breaking overnight lows have burst pipes and snapped the flowers from their stems.

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The frost lays like a blanket of crystal ice across the landscape.

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The sun shines for a bit…until the icy cold blows in again.

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Fur coats, shorter outings and warm hugs keep the dogs safe and cozy.

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At home, white lights and frost covers protect sensitive plants.

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But the Memorial Garden is in the country and on its own while this cold snap drags on…and on…and on.

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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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7 comments

  1. Our weather here in the South Carolina upstate has been nuts these last few weeks…before Thanksgiving week, it was just about normal then the temperatures dropped like a rock and stayed around 35-40 until the following Sunday. By Thursday last week we were back up to low 70’s; but on Friday night the temps started dropping again. This morning, when I took the dogs out for their first potty break, it was down to 37° again and raining lightly. UGH! I wish we’d get some snow!

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