Nature’s Insulation

December 15, 2009 1 Comment

And I was worried the ground would freeze and heave out all of my perennials….

 

As we are all aware, Mother Nature provided a heck of a storm last week.  The storm dumped a large swath of snow that added up to 12 to 15 inches before the winds kicked up.  Mark has information about the storm on his blog (click here to check it out).  You can also check out the National Weather Service Offices in the Quad Cities and in La Crosse, WI to see their reports on the storm. 

 

I managed to ride out the storm at home without any place to be.  Dwayne was taking an extra day off and his normal “weekend” in the middle of the week and I needed to kill three vacation days.  Why not spend them with my hubby?  We had planned on taking a trip to Madison, WI to eat at the Essen Haus and then work our way down State Street the next day.  The week before we were going to go, the computer models were not looking so hot.  I told Dwayne we were probably going to have to stay home.  I went to the grocery store and got enough food to last for a week if needed.  Or three days if we really got hungry!

What a winter wonderland!  As long as I stayed inside, it was great.

This is where our driveway is supposed to be.  You can't tell it by this shot, though!

This is where our driveway is supposed to be. You can't tell it by this shot, though!

 

We could look out and feel sorry for all the birds trying to fly to the feeder in the blizzard winds.  Or try to find food out of the winds.

The poor dove.  At least there is a little bit of shelter under the spruce.  There is a good two foot drift just to the right of the photo.

The poor dove. At least there is a little bit of shelter under the spruce. There is a good two foot drift just to the right of the photo.

But at least the flower beds have a blanket on them!

This is, obviously, taken through the screen.  I wasn't about to go outside in a blizzard.  This is the new raised rosebed, although it seems pretty buried to me!

This is, obviously, taken through the screen. I wasn't about to go outside in a blizzard. This is the new raised rosebed, although it seems pretty buried to me!

Here is the rosebed starting to peek out on Thursday.

Here is the rosebed starting to peek out on Thursday.

There are four 4x8 foot raised vegetable beds under all of that snow.

There are four 4x8 foot raised vegetable beds under all of that snow.

I am hoping that this snow will be enough to keep all of my newest acquisitions safe until the spring when they can strengthen their root systems.  The snow will act as good insulation and keep the plants from getting frostbitten and die from the cold.  Or have the ground heave and spit out the roots.  I don’t think we have to worry about that for a little bit. 

Dig it!  (Or shovel it… in this case!)

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  1. Bill says:

    Ms. Loan,
    Just a question that maybe you can answer. Why do so many of the current meteorologists read below zero temps as “negative 4″ for example. I know you all know there is no such thing as a negative temperature reading. Everything is above absolute zero, or nothing at all. I don’t remember forcasters saying this 20 or more years ago. Is it a newly accepted practice?

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