Saturday 8 August 2015

The Winter that was 2014/2015

A very mild Winter gave way to an early Spring for the mountain garden near Chain Lake, BC. We dropped to about -30C twice, beginning in mid-November, and a heavy snowstorm invearly January dropped at least two feet of new snow on top of the 18 inches that was already there.

On November 16, we were still snow-free but the temperature was in the range of -25C overnight. I had coppiced most shrubs or at least pruned them hard, to avoid them being crushed by snow.

By November 25, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Over the course of January 3,4 and 5, something in the range of 2 feet of snow fell in one massive event!

January 7, 2015

Luka enjoying the main rock garden on February 22, 2015.

Whoa, by March 8th, these South facing slopes were already free of snow. Gives me an idea... More on that in a later post.

March 8, 2015 - Hayes Creek is no longer a solid sheet of ice!

March 24, 2015 - the garden and property are approaching snow-free status at least 3 weeks earlier than usual!