Late Saturday afternoon we were wide-eyed like children on Christmas morning to witness our first snow.
It came just as our lunch gathering was nearing end, where we were ironically enjoying a last barbeque feast by Autumn forest decor with touches of Winter-white frosted candles and fresh pine scented branches that had fallen from the previous night’s wind.
Even though it was just a teaser of Winter enchantment, it was still such a beautiful gift to watch.
This first snow was also the onset of dropping night temperatures, taking us from the low 40’s the previous night to 18 degrees. So, this marked the end of the season in the garden for us, as we shut off the water and driplines that same day until Spring arrives. That means I’ll be in Winter prep, garden clean-up mode in the coming weeks too.
But for now, waking up to the last blooms frosted in white enchantment was pure magick.
Just look at all the pretty shades of pinks, violets, crimsons and greens popping through their white lace.
There were also some Black-eyed Susan yellows dawning lovely snow caps and skirts.
Even the garden friends were feeling sparkly with Jack Frost’s early kiss.
In all, the garden felt extra enchanted with this burst of Wintry delight.
We woke to a colorful, frosty-feel sunrise out front.
And an expansive white-dusted landscape out back.
Even our new Aspens took on a fast transformation, losing most of their leaves from the cold winds in preparation for their Winter wardrobe of white-on-white.
This was their Autumn glory wardrobe, after newly planted.
Although day temperatures will rise this week from the low 40’s of that first snow to 50’s, the nights will remain in the 20’s. So, it looks like our extended, temperate, late Summer-like weather may be at end, and Autumn has set in more fully.
The cozy time of year begins, and even the fur babies are enjoying curling up in the warmth of morning sunshine streaming through the living room, as the outdoor snow begins to melt. Boojum likes variety as you can tell – moving from spot to spot.
But Sweet Pea’s much more predictable and can always be found curled up on her favorite floor heater vent when the temperatures start to drop, with snow bunny queen Astrid nearby keeping her company.
The snow melted quickly at our elevation – taking longer at the very tippy-top of the mountains. So for now, this has been a taste of the season-to-come and we’re back to enjoying the here-and-now beauty of the current season in full gear.
The garden still takes on different modes of enchantment throughout the various times of day. And rather than Jack Frost’s kiss, by night they receive solar infusion of colorful faery lights, extending the magick to all hours.
And those new mini mountain range displays of repurposed tree wedges we added to the front yard, have now also received their own spotlights so that the night landscape reveals how everything is alive even in the dark and can reinvent itself through transitions.
Leaves may be falling, plants may be wilting, and the rocks, trees, and ground may soon be invisible under the drape of white stillness, but everything is very much conscious with potential.
Warm New Moon Solar Eclipse wishes for fresh directions with greater alignment.