The Northeast region is reeling. What a mess! Just a year ago, I was writing in my garden Journal, October 30, 2011, ” Magnolia split, shrubs took a hit! Quite something to see, snow before leaves are off trees.” 2011 saw destruction from Hurricane Irene as well. We learned from it, took down trees threatening the back of the house where a tree fell during Irene. Sandy’s wind was more forceful and lasted longer. This is another tree we should have taken down, but Sandy worked on it for us.I worry that a favorite sapling, heptacodium, is under there along with a viburnum. Dear husband was outside yesterday repairing the fence so the little spaniels are safe. Maybe today he will get the power saw going. Metro North is still not up and running. It was not safe to be out on the road yesterday. Schools are closed, businesses interrupted. What a mess! How did my new little rhubarb bed, just planted recently, survive? The gas grill moved three feet from its place, but the little rhubarb leaves are mostly in tact. The pond didn’t flood because the owner of our neighboring pondopened a valve to let the pond drain out before the Hurricane arrived. Wonder where the fish went? So our pond rushed over the dam, and kept it from overflowing once the rains and winds arrived.
I did not stay outside for very long, as branches were still falling and the rain was intermittent. Our wooded area saw much damage.Any damage on our property is minimal compared to the devastation that so many people are facing in the New Jersey area, and throughout New York and Connecticut. Now is the time to shake it off, and see what we can do to help our friends and neighbors…. in our neighborhood, there is so much damage….