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Spring snow at Inniswood

Like much of the northern part of the country, we had a spring snow last night. Today I decided to go on a wintry spring walk at Inniswood Metro Garden to see how the flowers were faring. I invite you to come along!


Witch-hazel (Hamamelis) – a hat tip to Sherry Eakin Oatney for providing the ID!
Lenten rose
Lenten rose

And here’s what the grounds looked like.

Through the trellis
Snow-covered arbor

And finally I took a look at the children’s garden.

This is the entrance to the Children’s garden.
An adult would have to stoop to go through this living tunnel. It leads to the “Secret Garden.”

The early blooming flowers are pretty hardy, so I’m guessing they’ll be okay. I’ve even heard that the snow insulates and protects them from the cold air. The snow will probably soon melt, but I may not ever believe an early-spring-predicting groundhog again. 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Spring snow at Inniswood

  1. OK, I am hooked. A very goodly number of your images are excellent. Your Mourning Cloak, Ardea hernias and others are very special. Thanks for visiting
    May I pick your brain? I’ve not photographed in Ohio, close as it is to Pittsburgh. Can you recommend state parks or national wildlife refuges that may reward me with regal fritillaries or other wow! b-fly species? Habitat lush with beds of milkweed, etc.?
    Jeff Zablow
    Pittsburgh, PA

    1. Jeffrey, thank you for your kind words about our photography. I don’t know butterflies like you do, but you might be able to get more information from The Ohio Lepidopterists. Here’s a direct link to their contact page: About The Ohio Lepidopterists.

      With that said I believe our most special and rare butterfly is the Karner Blue Butterfly. If you follow the link you’ll find a list of sites where this butterfly can be found in Ohio. Apparently it requires wild lupine to complete its life cycle, and that’s in rare supply.

      1. Funny that. When I composed my msg, I wrote ‘Ardea herodias.’ My Apple 2x changed it auto to Ardea hernias. Twice I corrected it. It remained fine and I continued to produce (happily) my msg to you. I opened it this morning and whoa and behold, it was sent to you = ‘hernias.’ I have a long history of an affinity to the great blue heron…Just wanted to set the record straight.
        Thanks for the heads up on the Ohio Lepidopterists. I’m working on seeking their input.

  2. Gorgeous photos! What a good idea to go to Inniswood today. I love Lenten Roses–I keep saying I’m going to get some for my garden but that hasn’t happened yet!

    I haven’t figured out Google+ either…

    My daughter was telling me last night that I should do more with Twitter to promote the blog so I fooled around a bit with that today. I’m not into it enough for it to be useful yet!

    1. Thanks, Deb. Here at WordPress, we can configure our accounts to automatically publicize new posts on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. But that doesn’t do a whole lot of good if people aren’t already following you on these networks. It can be challenging trying to figure out how to get connected with people on a social network who share your interests. Your blog is really good; I hope you can figure out the social networking angle. Can you put something in your sidebar inviting people to follow you on Twitter?

  3. If you have a g-mail address you are part of Google+. I am not very computer savy but have been able to post. I like the fact about the Ohio groups and there are lots of other groups that are for every taste and some overlap so a particular photograph could be in more than one group. They call them communities.

    1. I created a separate gmail address just for this blog with the intention of doing Google+, but once I got over there I was unsure how to find and become part of other communities. It sounds like you’ve got it figured out, so you seem pretty computer savvy to me. 🙂

  4. I believe the yellow flowering branch is witch hazel.
    Your photography is superb. Checked this out on Google images. There is supposed to be a way to put your photo in an image search and they match it.
    You might consider posting on the nature photography communities on Google+. There is also one for Northeast Ohio Photographers and Ohio State Photographers.
    As always I enjoy everything about your postings, high class.

    1. Patricia, thanks so much for your kind words about the post. 🙂 I had heard from someone on Facebook about the shrub’s ID before I got your comment on WordPress. She agreed with you, and after looking at photos of Witch Hazel I am pretty confident that’s a match. For some reason after I took the photo all I could think of was “Forsythia” even though I knew that was wrong. DOH!

      I had heard you can ask for Google Image to help you identify something, but I still haven’t tried that. Actually I’m not quite sure how you go about that.

      I have made a Google+ account for our site, but I can’t say I’ve done anything with it. Well, the truth is I haven’t figured Google+ out yet.

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