Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Before & After the Snow: Winter Walk, Wacky Weather

Oh, what a difference a day makes!  Yesterday it was sunny and a balmy 51°, and today it's snowing, the high is a frigid 26°, and the temps aren't expected to top that again before Friday.  Well, it is January, and the house is cozy....
But a walk through the garden hinted at something else yesterday.....
The Valentine flag waves gently in the Spring-like breeze
My irises are confused!
Back in the house, it's as if the coziness of the decor laughs at the outdoors trying to feign Spring...
...and back outside, my little 'Augustine' seems to be preparing for cold winds (at least his neck is!)...

...and my winter 'Seasons' statue, at least, knows what may come, but his spring counterpart seems to ignore the call.
The birds (those indoors, anyway) know what season it still is....
 Minton Hollins & Co. Patent Tile Works Stoke on Trent (England) , signed Alice J. Riggs, "Christmas 1884" 
...yet the garden seems to want to come alive and move!
Weeping cedar atlas, spreading its branches across the brick wall
Screeeech!!  Break's over.....it is still January.  And that means it's still winter.  Here are the same scenes, less than 24 hours later.....
The Valentine flag seems to be frozen still, and the stepping stones are all but gone...
Augustine looks like he's wearing a pillbox hat and a sheep over his shoulders, perhaps?
The irises aren't confused...they KNOW it's winter
Winter and Spring statues appear to be draped in fur

And the weeping cedar atlas looks to be playing freeze tag as opposed to coming alive
And, it's still snowing, not expected to quit for a few hours.  Oh, Mother Nature, what a tease you are.
A few more shots from our walk this morning...
A place to sit, under the weeping willow, along the river

Neighbor's mighty magnolia

Our capitol building across the river

Dock, on the river
Back home, in the garden...
My new trellis structure, waiting for Spring and the clematis