Snow Days

Winter arrived in full force this weekend with temperatures dropping late Friday, changing rain to sleet and then snow.  Though newscasters claim Greenville received 5 inches, our total was about half that amount if you measured generously.


Saturday morning, January 7, 2017.

By afternoon, the sun had appeared and most of the snow melted from the roads, thank goodness. The temperature continued its nose dive, however, and it was a very brisk 16 F (-9 C) when I took the dogs out this morning.

The birds seemed to know bad weather was headed our way. They’ve been busy at the feeders since early Friday, with some waiting in the camellia hedge for their turn. At one point yesterday, I counted a dozen Northern Cardinals. I also saw a bluebird, which is rare, as they seldom visit feeders. There have been a great number of woodpeckers here too, including two large species which I particularly enjoy watching, the Red-bellied and the Northern Flicker.


Birds at the feeders and in the camellia hedge.

After breakfast on Saturday, Tim and I took a walk on the golf course where we can see our street from the far side of the Reedy River.  I love the winter view when the homes are more visible and you can pick out details of the terrain.


Our street in Marshall Forest, built in the 1940s and 50s, from the golf course.

Sadly, three massive trees in our woodland garden were toppled by a March wind storm. In the photo below, you can see one is sprawled across the upper terraces…cut into lengths, but still much too heavy to move. The second was cut and piled on the riverbank by city workers when they needed access to repair a pipe on a neighboring property, and the third reaches across the river.


The three trees toppled in a March wind storm are a fixture in the woodland garden, at least for now.

I have to admit I was disheartened by 2016’s weather, since spring storms were followed by a summer drought that extended through autumn.  Hopefully, 2017 will be a better year for the garden and I’ll shake off my apathy to move forward more productively in the coming months. We’re off to a good start with precipitation, with nearly 4-inches in the first week of the year.

Today, as you might have guessed, I’ll be taking down Christmas decorations.  I’m a stickler for the full 12 days of Christmas and with snow on the way, I couldn’t resist leaving the tree up just a little longer!


18 thoughts on “Snow Days

  1. Judy Vick

    Beautiful pictures ! We did get five inches out here near Furman in Carillon neighborhood. We watched the birds at our suet, sunflower , and mealworm feeders (Bluebirds) all day and will have to refill all this morning ! Glad it will be in 60’s later this week – LOVE the South ! 🙂 Judy Vick

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Judy–I was keeping an eye on the news on Friday and saw TR and Furman already had 2 inches of snow when it was still raining here. I’m glad to see it’s going to warm up this week too. A little of this cold stuff goes a long way, doesn’t it?

  2. Ron Cann

    We also had 5 to 6inches here on Paris Mountain. Bird feeders were filled yesterday after the snow and had to pull out scraps of wood to put on ground and cover with bird seeds for the ground feeders that will not eat from the hanging bird feeders. We were able to drive the car up the hill onto Altamont yesterday; however not sure we will be able today since all the crushed snow is now ice.
    Ron Cann

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Ron–The birds can’t seem to get enough this morning. Wood scraps are a good idea, I’ll have to find some. I’ve been throwing extra on the garden steps near the feeders, but it makes such a mess.

  3. Christina

    At least the cold and snow brought the bonus of more birds to your garden. The snow is lovely when pristine so your secret path keeps it looking lovely for longer.

  4. Marian St.Clair Post author

    Christina–It will be below freezing here all but a an hour or two this afternoon, with a high of 35 F. By Friday, however, it’s going to be in the mid 70s. That’s South Carolina for you!

  5. Brenda

    Cardinals are so brilliant against the snow. I feel fortunate to have two. You wouldn’t be able to tear me from the window if I had a dozen to watch! Stay warm.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Chloris–It’s interesting to see so many male cardinals together in winter. When the nesting season begins, they become territorial and can be quite aggressive towards one another.

  6. Sariska Jeep Safari

    Lovely pictures ! We got five creeps around here close Furman in Carillon neighborhood. We watched the feathered creatures at our suet, sunflower , and mealworm feeders (Bluebirds) throughout the day and should refill such an excess of morning !


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