Spring flowering shrubs at our California home

Spring always comes early to California, but it seems a bit earlier than usual this year. Up at 2,500 feet, the camellias don’t bloom as early as down in Sacramento, but ours are already on the waning end of bloom season. Here are a few sweet shots of them, plus the lovely forsythias. Both of […]

Goodbye to the girls of summer

We’re experiencing our first major storm of fall this weekend. No snow is falling here at our Utah home, but I can see fleeting views of Lone Peak and Box Elder Peak through the clouds, each with a little crown of white at the very top. Soon, it will freeze down here, too, and we’ll […]

Well, well, well… first snow on October 6th!

Well, I guess winter has come already. My home is at 6200 ft, so the weather is more extreme here than down in the valleys. Pretty big dusting of snow last night, but it is supposed to warm up to the 70s again soon. So, I have some good news for those who have followed […]

It’s safe to plant now!

I’ve had a few friends ask about timing for planting vegetable gardens along the Wasatch Front. The traditional rule of thumb is to wait until Mothers’ Day weekend, and that looks true this year. After the snowstorm last weekend, I was not sure Mothers’ Day would hold up as the right time this year, but […]

Some really big snowflakes today

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen snowflakes as big as the ones that fell today. My son and I were sick and at home while the rest of the family was at church. I looked out the back window, and noticed that the flakes were almost two inches across! I got out the camera […]

Planted 100 bulbs before the storm

Today, we’re getting a blast of Arctic air. The day started with the “warm before the storm” at about 45 degrees, and then in a few hours it dropped to around 25 and then got worse. As the snow was beginning to fall, I went out to plant daffodil and hyacinth bulbs. I’ve had them […]

Belated fall photos from my backyard

These photos were taken on November 1st — four days before the snow pictures that are a few posts below. These tall Swedish aspens get some nice color in the fall. I thought they were cool enough to post now, even though I’m out of order with some of the stuff below. We had wanted […]

Winter is coming!

We had quite a snowy day today, with snow accumulating last night and all through the day. This evening at around 7:00, my outside thermometer said it was 25, so I’m expecting a very cold night! Winter, here we come! But I don’t mind too much, because we have new skis and a six-pack of […]


Winter rushed in this weekend like a dandelion going to seed. OK, maybe that’s a silly simile. But it did come really fast! My remote thermometer said it got down to 26 on Sunday morning, and it’s been at or below 30 each morning for the past three days. We had some snow on Sunday […]