In Oklahoma today, we’re in the midst of snow play. Bear is testing the snow now to see if it’s the good sledding kind. I’m betting it is. I’ll join her as soon as I write this post.
In recent years, Oklahoma has had more snow than I remember from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s let alone the 2000s. However, I thought the winter of 2014-2015 was never going to start. It felt like one of those warm non-winters Oklahoma gets every few years. No wonder the plants stay so confused. Days in the 50s were the norm in December and January, and everything had that brown and gray cast we always see on cloudy winter days. In February, roses broke bud and began leafing out. I was getting lots of emails about pruning and hard freezes. Gardeners were understandably worried. Go ahead and prune after this snowstorm melts if you haven’t already. Your roses should recover from the freeze thaw cycle if they are established plants. If they don’t, it’s a new garden opportunity, and the rose was already weak.
I was bemoaning being behind, yet again. I always feel behind from late February through early April. Then, it all sorts itself out, and I can enjoy easier garden chores. I am already behind. I normally plant my cold weather veggies seeds by the last week of February. Next week is supposed to have better temperatures and rain at the end, so I plan to sow seeds on Tuesday once the snow melts.
That’s the thing about Oklahoma snow in late winter/early spring. You can get three or four inches, and it may melt in a day or two. Sorry Boston friends. Just remember us in July, August and September when we’re living in hell.
This week Oklahoma had two snow storms with thawing in between. Tomorrow morning ice is forecast so I went out to take pictures while it was still snowing. I don’t really like walking on ice, but snow isn’t so bad while it’s still falling. The hardest part is keeping your camera lens down so that it doesn’t get so wet.
Tap and Maddie ran circles around me as I walked in my snow boots. Both of them love snow, but Tap especially does. He was crawling on his belly and eating mouthfuls of the cold stuff and making me laugh.
We walked, or rather I walked, and they ran all around the property. The fitbit didn’t record my steps. I guess I had on too many layers. It’s 21F, but the snow was falling softly, and there was no wind. I wasn’t cold. Below is our barn in the snow. Once a six-stall horse barn, it’s now home to the 25 chickens we have. They were all inside their coops as cozy as chickens can be.
I hope you’re having decent weather wherever you are. I also hope we don’t get ice tonight. Happy Weekend!