October Snow

It’s Minnesota so I should not be surprised. Our weather is often crazy and this is not the first time we have had recorded snows in early fall. This one however caught this gardener off guard.

The Chrysanthemums are still blooming, a few Brown Eyed Susans peak out among the dying plant leaves and the herbs are growing well in the raised garden bed so I am not ready. Well, I should say I was not ready. The report came in this morning and the 2 to 5 inches of white stuff was now said to be 3 to 6 inches and will be wet and heavy.

It is now 4:30 p.m. and it has been snowing since ten this morning. We indeed have a good four inches right now. It is, as they said, wet and heavy. The last I heard this will continue until 10 p.m. or so tonight. We will be way over 6 inches.

So as all good gardeners do – I headed out this morning about 7:45 with clippers, rake and leaf bags. My husband joined me with the mower a bit later. The mums were cut, the parsley cut and leaves mulched and the large ceramic pots were emptied.

It felt good to get this bit of final clean up done before we were layered with snow. There are still chores undone – the peonies are not cut down, the garden beds are not fenced off from the winter rabbits, horseradish has not been dug up, and the remodel on the garage is not done so all my tools are under the deck covered with a tarp (including the lawn mower).

I sit here wondering if I should be upset – all this work undone but some how it is to beautiful and amazing to watch. There is something about the first snow fall no matter when it comes and no matter how deep it is that leaves me in awe and wonder.

The green, reds, oranges and browns of fall are now hidden under crystals of cold white. It leaves a sparkling world to wonder at. The kids and young parents are trudging up the block to the hills at the park with sleds. The neighbors are sending greetings to each other as they shovel their way out.

It is what makes this northern state a great place to be. The seasons are varied. They each have their own personality and bring their own joy with them. They appear when they are ready not when we think they should be here. It keeps us knowing that we are a part of a bigger world plan and we need to honor and respect mother nature for what she has provided.

For now I will take my tea into the kitchen and make a nice butternut squash soup and watch the snow fall. (at least all the butternut squash was picked and curing in the basement – so soup is on the way)

PS – It has stopped and with any luck it will all be gone by Thursday with temperatures about 45 and rain expected.

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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3 Responses to October Snow

  1. Anna Maria says:

    There are a few fellow educators I’ve met in my life that live in Minnesota & Wisconsin. Neither one of them were exactly eager to look out their classroom windows & see the snow. It’s really funny that it’s snowing there & yet here in WV the next three days it is forecasted to be 80 degrees.

  2. Terje says:

    I enjoyed your description of the winter arriving, your last minute preparations and the moment you relaxed with a cup of tea to watch the beauty of the first snow. We had our first snow fall in Estonia – a rather wet blizzard – yet with a cup of tea and a book in hand it was still fun to watch. It all melted already.

  3. Ramona says:

    Loved reading your wonder at the first snowfall, even w/ all the work required. Enjoy your soup!

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