We received our new 2011 catalog from Gilbert H. Wild & Son last week. Oh so many peonies to drool over and hard to decide. We finally settled on 3 new ones for now and got free shipping to boot. Can't wait for April to get here and get these babies in the ground.
I thought I would start our tradition for her with an ornament each year and a perfume bottle along with her chocolate. She will also need a new bag every few years I'm sure since I just happen to have different size bags waiting to be accessorized.
Father Winter decided to pay Northern Middle Tennessee another visit yesterday afternoon. I left work at 1:20 because Jennifer called and said our road was covered and slushy already. It was still raining at work.
The roads were fine until I reached the red light in Greenbrier and then the winter storm appeared. It was amazing that the road before the light was fine and after the light was not. Thank goodness we only live about 5 miles or so from the light and no one seemed to mind poking along at 20 miles an hour.
This is our road in front of the driveway leaving for work this morning. Nice and frozen. I walked out before leaving to see if the black part was really the road and it was - with a nice coating of ice of course.
another 3 inches to clean off the trucks
sticking to the trees again
so neat to watch
shade garden close to the house
wrought iron collects snow very well
good thing no birds in this house
accumulating on more trees
drifts really well with the wind we had
It would be so nice if Father Winter would pack up his bags and leave town. Unfortunately he is scheduled for another visit tomorrow afternoon. Mother Nature needs to kick him out of town since he apparently has no plans to leave on his own. Spring can't get here fast enough.
Please join me in a tour of our winter garden as I shuffle around in Mom's new rubber boots. She found these on clearance at Ross' and they are wonderful. I've got to get me a pair.
Enter Our Winter Wonderland
our garden gate
the magnolia tree looked fabulous
bird cage by back patio
chubby robin waiting for Wild Cat to finish
so he could eat
chubby's friends weren't so confident
they chose to wait higher up
neighbor's barn at edge of our flower garden
basket hanging at back edge of garden
swing with a cold seat
bench with an even colder seat
little pond in garden
birdhouse in the reading corner of the garden
back patio swing
Last Wednesday we got snow, 3 inches of this gorgeous stuff and the roads were horrible. I took a vacation day, stayed home and played. By Wednesday afternoon the main roads were clear and the back roads were starting to slush up. By Thursday afternoon everything was back to normal. It seems like we have had more snow this year than ever before. They said this is our normal only we haven't had normal for the last several years. Here's hoping normal doesn't visit us again any time soon.
Our own state groundhog, Chattanooga Chuck, is predicting no early spring and lots more winter. What a major dud!