Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Snow: The Farm in Photos

February came with a snow storm in Connecticut and a two hour delay for school. My daughter and I enjoyed the extra time together checking on the animals, enjoying the fresh snow and making maple syrup snow for breakfast.

There was a quiet peace around the farm yesterday morning that only comes with a fresh snow fall. Sounds are muffled, animals move a little slower and time seems to stall for just a minute. I'm so grateful for these days.

My daughter and I checked on the chickens and she thought this egg should be hatched. 
"Because it's the perfect color." 

I love how the landscape changes with snow. Have you ever seen a tree with a personality like this? It's a Weeping Norway Spruce, Picea abies 'Pendula' 
by the chicken coop with an old hay rake in front. 

I get so many gardening questions about Hydrangea. THIS is why I leave them for winter interest. 
Here is a Smooth Hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'. 
I cut the branches to just an inch or two above the soil as soon as spring feels close, usually in March. 

The Magnolia buds are starting to swell over this mild winter. This variety is called Susan and it's a cross between Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' and Magnolia stellata 'Rosea'

This Blue Atlas Cedar, Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca' is a landscape favorite all year long, but in winter it glows. The whorls of blue needles are unlike much else in the landscape. 

Truth be told, I'm a dog person, not a cat person. But our barn cat 'Cinderfella' is such a sweet boy (unless you're a mouse) that I've fallen in love with him. 

'Rusty' was the first calf born on the farm in 2017 and his birth was captured in a Facebook live video on my page Julie The Garden Fairy
He's almost one month old now and loving life with mom in the pasture with the others in the herd.

I love this gate with a Pineapple cutout view of the pasture. That's a Shagbark Hickory in the center. Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality since colonial times in New England.

My daughter had no trouble filling her two hour delay and too soon it was time to wait for the bus.

I was happy to warm up with tea and tulips! 

Wishing you a wonderful day~
xo Julie 


  1. So pretty Julie. That Weeping Norway Spruce looks like a bear leaning forward from the weight of the snow! So cool.
    Thanks for sharing your snowy day perspective!

  2. Love the calf pose. Of course I love the cats. I am a cat person with 8 left out of 12 and 5 of mine are black.Mine are 11-17 yrs old.

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