Montana Outdoors

April 8, 2013

Monday morning surprise

Filed under: Flowers, Spring — Tags: — montucky @ 10:54 am

Daffodil

Heather

Daffodil

Grape Hyacinth

White Cricus

Heather

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  1. Ohhhhh…. brrrrr….. And the flowers were trying so hard to bring spring!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 8, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    • The snow wasn’t a serious problem for them, but tonight’s temperature might be. Possibly in the teens.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

      • I’d send you some warmer temperatures but we really can’t spare many degrees. Hope it warms up for us all soon.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 8, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

        • After tonight it looks like we will have nights around freezing and days in the high 40’s to mid 50’s for a week or so. Just a little cooler than normal.

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          Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

  2. Mother nature’s frosting.

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    Comment by knightofswords — April 8, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    • Looks like it! The snow was very pretty this morning, especially knowing that it won’t last too long this time of year.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  3. Bad for your flowers. We have no flowers, and a lot more snow…

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — April 8, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    • Yes, you still have much more snow there and probably much colder. These flowers should be fine.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

  4. Oh no, that’s a bummer! =0

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    Comment by Tricia — April 8, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    • Well, maybe not. We really needed some moisture and before the snow we had a pretty good rain. All of the plants are thankful!

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, The same thing apparently happened a couple of weeks ago in my former home community in TN. Lots of blossoms got the deep-freeze. Sad. That is how things seems to be going – unexpected weather. Have a really great Tues. tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 8, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    • It hasn’t yet gotten cold enough to hurt the plants, but there’s a chance that tonight will get down into the teens and that might damage some of them.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  6. The last image is simply the best. Luscious!

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    Comment by WildBill — April 8, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    • Thanks Bill! That Heather is really pretty stuff when it blooms. THe one in the photo is a domestic plant, but there is a wild one that grows at 7000 feet. It would still be under ten feet of snow now.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

  7. Just when you think it’s spring… this happens!

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    Comment by kcjewel — April 8, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    • Well, this kind of thing is pretty standard for spring here and usually it doesn’t affect the early plants much.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

  8. Those are absolutely gorgeous! Wow! That looks like a natural light bulb on the Grape Hyacinth (?)…so nice.

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    Comment by seekraz — April 8, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

  9. As weird as it is to snow covered flowers, you capture them in a beautiful manner.

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    Comment by Maggie — April 8, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    • Thanks Maggie! I’ve always loved seeing them after a spring snow.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  10. That’s a twist on spring blooms. I hope they can survive the snow!! They look so pretty but it can’t be good.

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    Comment by Candace — April 8, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    • Actually, I don’t think the little bit of snow will hurt them. It was fairly warm. Tonight though will be much colder and might hurt a few of the more tender plants.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  11. Delightful photos a surprise for the eyes.

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    Comment by Grampy — April 8, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    • We have had some rain lately and of course snow higher up in the mountains, but it was a little surprise to see it snowing this morning here. A hundred miles further north they got 6 inches last night and more than that at the pass level.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

  12. That must have been a surprise! Gorgeous photos, especially of the droplets on the heather. Your daffodils are more advanced than ours!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 9, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    • It really was a surprise. It had rained during the night then turned to snow early in the morning. We ended up with about an inch and it melted quickly. The daffodils are rather undecided now. Some have opened and others have been only showing buds. Our periods of sunshine have been sporadic. Spring hasn’t yet made a full commitment!

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

  13. Very beautiful shots, snow on Spring flowers is not unusual here in the Alps. One can be amazed at the strenght of those plants.

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    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 9, 2013 @ 2:37 am

    • Thanks Isa. It isn’t unusual here either. Sometimes we will have brief snowfalls off and on into June. The early plants are very hardy and have evolved for that kind of climate I guess. They really are amazing!

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

  14. None of those flowers will be hurt by a little snow, but I wouldn’t want to see a lot of it at this point. Your plants are much farther along than ours are. Daffodils just started showing some bud color here.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 9, 2013 @ 4:30 am

    • You have had more of a winter and it has lasted longer this year, hasn’t it. We are in a colder phase right now for awhile too. I saw on the news tonight our neighbors to the south in Wyoming had a high of only 6 today. Now that could be a problem!

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

  15. Absolutely beautiful.

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    Comment by anniespickns — April 9, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    • Thanks Annie. I always admire how those early flowers tolerate cold and snow!

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

  16. What beautiful photos! I hope all those brand new flowers survived the surprise snow fall!

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    Comment by The Lonely Dogs — April 9, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    • Yes, they all survived and are doing well even though it’s still fairly cool. Nights around or just below freezing.

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

  17. Such beautiful images….hope the flowers survived the cold night. It snowed here last night on the ridges around Prescott. The snowpack is at only 40% and the drought continues:( Hope that things aren’t as dire in W MT.

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    Comment by twoscamps — April 9, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    • That amount of snowpack is a serious problem! Sure hate to see that! Along the Bitterroot Valley here the snowpack has bee lower than usual too, about 85%. Here on the Clark Fork we are in the 90’s and adding snow up high just about every night. Overall, not too bad but the precipitation in the valleys has been very poor.

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

  18. Beautiful! We woke up to snow also.

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    Comment by Fergiemoto — April 9, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    • It’s never a complete surprise here. The mountains around are very white still and the peaks have a good amount of snowpack.

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

  19. The daffodil looks depressed. 😦 Snow sure is pretty, though! Beautiful photos. I love you!

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    Comment by Juls — April 9, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    • The daffodils have recovered and all of the flowers are doing well. The snow makes for some interesting photos though! Love you too, Hon!

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

  20. We got a little bit of the white stuff…yesterday..

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    Comment by Roberta — April 9, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    • You know, I much prefer a few white mornings to the stifling heat of late summer (and the fire danger that is present then). When I’m outdoors and active I like the temperature to be in the 40’s.

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      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

      • Having been born in the desert..Palm Springs, I too am not fond of heat either..although 40 is a little cool for me..lol!

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        Comment by Roberta — April 10, 2013 @ 10:07 am

        • The first summer after we returned here from Arizona some of our friends visited and they thought our night-time temps around 40 were cold too.

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          Comment by montucky — April 10, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

  21. Oh, wow. I’m so glad I remembered to go to this post before turning in for the night. What glorious images to take with me… stunning… every one.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 9, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

    • The rather odd combination of spring flowers and snow sure creates some pretty pictures!

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      Comment by montucky — April 10, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

  22. It’s so lovely seeing those colors dusted by that frosty white…. Hopefully it wasn’t enough to hurt them!

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    Comment by FeyGirl — April 10, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    • The flowers are fine even though the night after the photos were taken the temperature dropped into the teens. I’ve even gotten so that I look forward to a spring snow after the flowers have begun to bloom.

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      Comment by montucky — April 10, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

  23. Oh no ! Poor flowers ! I hope you haven’t lose them all !

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    Comment by Inspired and pretty — April 11, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    • These early flowers are very hardy. They are all doing very well. Amazing little things!

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      Comment by montucky — April 11, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

  24. The last photo with the drops of water hanging from the petals is a stunner. I really like that one. The combination of snow and flowers is great. I still remember an Easter in Iowa when the tulips were in full bloom and up to their little blossom-bottoms in snow. They sat like that for three days while the snow slowly melted – it didn’t do them a bit of harm. A few years ago a friend in Kalispell sent me a picture of his lilacs – fully in bloom and weighed down with snow!

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 11, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    • Glad you liked the heather. It’s interesting how many of the early flowers tolerate snow and cold temperatures. Those that bloom later in May aren’t quite as tolerant, but I’ve also seen snow on the lilacs. Few of the wildflowers seem to be much affected by a late spring. What a wonderful world of plants!

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      Comment by montucky — April 11, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

  25. Beautiful photos. The photo of heather captured my eye, because I have nearly similar photo in my About me. Just this Friday morning we have weather change. Cold weather and sunny day continued during six week and yet yesterday we walked 1½ hours on lake’s ice. Now there is water above the ice and last night was so warm that snow and ice stared to melt. Maybe Spring comes finally to here also. 🙂

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    Comment by Sartenada — April 11, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

    • Oh yes, the photos are very similar! That heather is a cold weather plant!
      Maybe spring has finally decided to come to you. I hope so: it has been a long cold winter there!

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      Comment by montucky — April 12, 2013 @ 12:09 am

  26. Love the purple/blue flower holding up a diamond of snow.
    Your pictures confirm to me that Spring is never going to come to Minnesota this year … we are weeks behind.
    2-3 feet of old snow and piles of it a lot higher … 4 inches last weekend, 4 more yesterday, predicting 7-14 inches tomorrow and another snow storm for wednesday or thursday next week. Sorry … Minnesota nice is hard to find … we are pretty grumpy about this snow.
    Enjoy your spring blooms for me … even with a dusting of snow. Very nice pictures.

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    Comment by bearyweather — April 13, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    • Wow, you are sure getting snow this year! We could sure use that here. The eastern part of the state has had only about 80% of normal snowpack and about the same to the south of us. We are a little better at 90%, but the valleys have been very dry. Too bad the snow hasn’t been equitably distributed!

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      Comment by montucky — April 13, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  27. and I’ve been complaining about our cold spring….!

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    Comment by skouba — April 18, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    • Your “cold” and mine are quite a bit different, Stacey. For a few minutes I hiked in new snow again today in a hike that went from spring flowers to a snow covered earth and an icy stream.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2013 @ 8:15 pm


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