Slow painting

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Garden path

First time I've seen polka dot slush. This was a path in my dad's garden last weekend. We travelled north on Friday evening with a weather forecast that warned of snow and gales. There was snow around the Drumochter pass and Dalwhinnie, but the roads were clear and we did the journey in a fast 3 hours. On Saturday morning it started to snow, imperceptibly at first, that fine, small snow that ushers in a blizzard. 'Leading snow', it's called where I grew up. I thought of Robert Frost's poem, 'The Onset':

"Always the same, when on a fated night
At last the gathered snow lets down as white
As may be in dark woods, and with a song
It shall not make again all winter long
Of hissing on the yet uncovered ground"

It snowed for the whole of our visit, but wetly at our low level of 300 feet. On Sunday morning it was at the wallpaper paste stage, and my thoughts of early spring gardening had to be abandoned. Not that there was much to do - my dad's 'young' friend in his 70's had been recently and dug over all the borders and pruned the apple trees.


Elettra said...

Unique and original!!!!!!!!!!

Peggy said...

Yeugh!!Not more snow!!We had alight flurry last week, maybe the same day as you did up north but nothing to stay on the ground.
I hope Spring comes to your Dad and his 'young' helper soon!

clairz said...

When I read the title of the post, I guess I was hoping for flowers, but these polka dots will do.

I just hope I'm still digging in my seventies. Going to dig some nice big holes for tomato plants which I hope will be arriving in the mail soon.

Drive carefully!

Jo said...

Glad the snow wasn't too bad for your trip. I've never seen polka dot slush before either.

Green Lane Allotments said...

Amazing - were they frozen water drops of actual snow dots?

Fay McKenzie said...

Polka dot - lovely!!!!!

What a find, well done on the camera!

L. D. Burgus said...

I have seen this before but not in such a uniform pattern.

Linda said...

Elettra, I couldn't believe it when I looked out of the kitchen window and saw the dots.

Peggy, I think we were in the same band of snow that was pushing south last weekend.

clairz, I'll expect to see photos of your delicious tomatoes at some point.

Jo, we did swither about making the trip, but I'm glad we did. it was good to see my dad.

Green Lane Allotments, I think they were patches of snow that had spread into these dots under a top layer of liquid slush. At least that's how I rationalised it to myself.

The Barefoot Crofter said...

I wondered whether you would go. It didn't seem to be as bad, wind wise, as the forecast - at least the ferries kept running.
Love those polka dots.

Kris said...

What an unusual phenomenon. There's not only the polka dots to wonder about, but the straight line of its stopping at the walkway. Thankfully you had your camera at the ready to share it with us. I do hope, though, that winter is behind us. I've had enough snow for a good long while!

Jenni said...

What fun to stop by your blog and find polka dots and Robert Frost. Delightful. Glad the weather did not interfere with your trip or make travel too difficult. Cheers, Jenni from Oregon, USA

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Polka dots--Mother Nature feeling whimsical?

Mark Willis said...

The snow 'dots' look almost as if arranged by hand. But they make a very artistic photographic subject. Funny how some otherwise mundane things can turn out to be objects of great beauty if interpreted correctly!

Why I garden... said...

The polka dot path is pretty neat. Its been real baltic in Scotland huh. Bring on spring!

cloudbusting2 said...

Polka dot slush...I thought I had seen all kinds of snow but this is new! Incredible.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Such a pretty design you've found in the snow! It is snowing but only lightly here. Still, I know how you feel about the gardening.
I like your idea of Spring in a box.