In a weather pattern that is pretty unusual for New Jersey in December, four snowstorms in a ten day period each brought a few inches of snow, sometimes with a mix of freezing rain or sleet. The result? A holiday display visible right outside our windows!
Anyone remember flocked Christmas trees? This snow covered White Pine (Pinus strobus) could be the inspiration for them, although nothing we manufacture could provide such a lovely shelter from the elements and predators for birds in winter.
Other decorations include the aptly named Wreath Goldenrod (Solidago caesia) arching gracefully under its weight of snow.
In place of a candelabra, a Purple Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) fruit cluster brightens its surroundings, while offering food for Goldfinches, Chickadees and even Dark-eyed Juncos.
No need to string cranberries or make other garlands when the red fruits of Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) blaze on snowy branches.
Like using tinsel or other ‘icicles’ to decorate your tree? One storm provided the real thing. A little ice doesn’t deter this Tufted Titmouse from its pursuit of a meal.
I like bird ornaments on a Christmas tree, but even better are the live models posing outside in the trees
and on the ground below.
Just across the Delaware River from us, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve was also blanketed with the fluffy white stuff.
Snow-covered fruits and leaves decorated the woods exactly like holiday ornaments dangling from the trees.
Snow tends to be ephemeral around here, and this weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s it has almost disappeared. (65°F at 7 o’clock this morning!) But even without the cover of snow, beautiful natural decorations are visible in some form every day of the year. So get out and enjoy them whenever you can!