It's one of those days you practically need a miner's helmet to see anything. We got some pretty sticky snow last night - I immediately thought snowman - Kevin said, "Boy it would be great to build a fort!"
Everyone seems to have forgotten how to drive in the snow - transports have jack-knifed all across the area - one of the underground cable guys managed to semi-turn the corner and end up in a ditch around the corner. Not so bad. It can happen. Unfortunately he tried to rectify the situation himself by putting the van in reverse and gunning the engine to about 120kilometers judging by the spray of dirt across the road and up the neighbours driveway. Wonder if he got down deep enough to find the sprinkler system?
The temperature is now above freezing and headed to about 8C - and it's pouring rain - so all this pretty snowy stuff will probably be gone by 5:00 p.m. Not so much now, but in spring when this pattern will repeat itself is when I will lose many of my perennials - about 10% every year - the freeze/thaw cycle is just deadly.
Last night at our horticultural meeting/AGM and potluck dinner, Catherine Kavassalis did a great presentation on trees in Oakville - so many were lumbered out in the 1800s for housing and shipbuilding - she had photos of some fabulous giants that are still standing with some addresses so we can all take a little tree tour of Oakville. Also, in her presentation she told us that there is only one stand of wild Cercis canadensis - red bud in all of Canada and it's on Pelee Island - Canada's most southerly point 42 degrees north latitude (the Napa valley is 41 degrees north). So how on earth she wondered did it ever earn it's C. canadensis label?