Monday, February 8, 2010

Unexpected snow - an early birthday present for Michael

Snow is an event that is hard to predict here in north Alabama. When the weather people forecast it, nine times out of ten it doesn't happen. When they don't mention it and you are unprepared for it, watch out. This morning was a perfect example. The only snow in the forecast is for Friday. No mention whatsoever for a possibility today. This morning it started sleeting and snowing before I headed to work. I skidded several times driving to work, a scary experience. It was too late for the University to close the school so they just sent out a caution to be careful.

The snow came down in buckets. Michael was at home and he took these photos. I thought he did a great job. We got around 3 inches! The University closed at 11am because "another wave" was expected this afternoon. Now the weathermen say it will just be rain! Too funny but I guess better safe than sorry.

Michael loves it and says it is an early birthday present for him (his birthday is tomorrow).























Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

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30 comments:

Darla said...

Happy Birthday Michael and what wonderful photos you captured..they are saying we 'may' see some white stuff Friday here in North Florida....

Di said...

Phillip, likely you are now home safe and sound. Please tell Michael the photos are great! and I am especially fond of the first one with the symmetry of the evergreen through the garden gate and too the second, the lady in the courtyard.
Happy Birthday Michael!

How It Grows said...

Beautiful shots - love that red door!

Becca's Dirt said...

Phillip it looks pretty and those are really nice photos - but seems like the coldest winter we have had in years. I would hate driving in it too.

Happy Birthday Michael and nice photos you took.

Layanee said...

Frosting for his cake. Great job on those photos and Happy Birthday.

joey said...

How lovely, Phillip! Happy birthday wishes to Michael and his 'great eye'!

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Happy Birthday to Michael! Hope you two have a fantastic celebration!

Your home and gardens are gorgeous in the snow! So much character there.

Cameron

Tim said...

Just exquisite....better you than me!

Kyna said...

Awesome pics! My favourite is the one with your red door. Probably because I have a red front door just like it, and I love it lol.
We're supposed to get snow on Friday too...

nancybond said...

Michael got some lovely shots. Makes me cold just looking at them, but it is beautiful. :) (And good for the garden!)

Les said...

I love seeing the dark bark of the Crapes in the snow. I don't know about you two, but this southerner is about sick of winter and snow in particular.

George Gaston said...

Phillip, looks like the Birthday Boy took some great pictures. There is something about those sudden snows that give a yard a magical appearance.

Stay save and y'all enjoy Michael's birthday...

Jennifer Frazier said...

Unexpected it was! I knew I could count on y'all to document it for me though- Michael took some beautiful pictures! I was bummed to be at work and not at home enjoying it all. By the time I got home at 4:30 it was just a rainy/muddy mess! Ok, I have my "big" snow for the winter..now let's get on with spring! I linked to your post last year on Feb 18 where you showed your daffodils blooming...that is only 8 days away! Unbelievable.

fairegarden said...

Happy Birthday to Michael, a day early! And kudos on the photos, they are fabuous! We saw that weather faux pas on the news here. They closed the schools in north GA, sending the kids home then it turned to rain, just like at your place. Your home and garden is the stuff of dreams, the snow like icing on the delicious cake. :-)
Frances

Carolyn gail said...

As I recall everything shuts down with a little snow on the ground :-) You've certainly had your share this season it seems.

Lovely photos of your garden all dressed in white. Soon it will be all change to green.

Happy birthday Michael. Hope you both have a wonderful celebration.

Grace Peterson said...

Phillip~~ Your weather people sound so familiar. Same thing here. Usually they will wrongly predict snow three times before getting it right and there is at least one instance where they're completely caught off guard. This winter it was in December, afternoon rush hour--a nightmare.

Happy Birthday to Michael. If your gardens look this good in winter, I can only imagine what summer looks like.

Carol said...

My word what an amazing garden... it appears to go on and on with the most enchanting arbors, sculptures, birdhouses, urns and azure blue walls! Your trees and shrubs... everything look so lovely dress up in white and your Diana or whatever her name... utterly delightful in her fluffy white boa! Magical garden Phillip! Happy Birthday to Michael!! Wonderful photos!! I hope the rest of your birthday was filled with wonder and surprise. Many Happy Returns! Carol

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Hi Phillip, isn't this winter just the craziest?! You guys got a real taste of winter--good thing Michael considers it a birthday present! The photos are just lovely! We just got through 2 feet of snow over the weekend and now, we're expecting another foot up to 20 inches, possible. Climate change sure has been messing with mother nature...or, is that one and the same?! Guess I'll save that for a topic for another post...! Take care;-)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Great photos Michael. Happy Birthday and I hope you are both snowed in (at home) together tomorrow. Now that would be a great present! I hope to be snowed in with my Deaerly Beloved tomorrow too. I think they have called off school just at the thought of getting 8 inches of snow. Ha..

Pam/Digging said...

I love seeing your garden under snow. It makes your gorgeous hardscaping and the garden's bones show up so clearly.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

What wonderful winter views! I too love snow, and it looks like we may finally have a good snowstorm tomorrow (6-10 inches predicted, which is more than we've had all season, combined!).

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Happy birthday to Micheal.

There's been so much snow around this winter, in Europe too.

Gail said...

Happy Birthday Michael...You captured the garden in all its snowy beauty. You two have created a lovely garden. We had a beautiful snowfall last night that is mushy and icy this AM.

Gail

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Great pictures and Happy Birthday to Michael. I always love seeing pictures of your garden.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Wow, 3 inches is a lot for you, especially unforecasted. It brings out a different character in your garden, more somber, but still lovely.

sweet bay said...

What beautiful pictures of your garden! It's so elegant and well-composed. I love the effect of the evergreens, especially in the snow.

Crystal said...

Your lovely garden is such an inspiration! The pics are *gorgeous*.

debsgarden said...

My goodness, your garden is gorgeous in the snow! No snow for us just a wee bit south, but maybe Friday. Probably not, though, as you said, as they have predicted it. I think the snow shows what really good bones your garden has.

Jean said...

Wow you guys really got a lot of snow! It's gorgeous, as are the photos. Shows what good bones your garden has. They're predicting snow for us for Friday too. We'll see...

DivaGlinda said...

Early February has been very interesting for gardeners this year, hasn't it, Phillip - how cool to see your garden celebrating Michael's birthday with this fluffy, pretty snow.

Did it get rerouted from Vancouver to Alabama by mistake?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose
(it says Glinda but it's still me)