Shore did flood

I thought the tide was high during the Nor’easter of spring 2007 – and it was – but this morning’s moon tide storm sure did flood Blithewold.  I took these pictures about an hour after high tide so we’ll all just have to imagine what it must have looked like earlier.  If only I had been a little speedier leaving the comfort of home this morning…  If you’re at all familiar with Blithewold, then you are accustomed to the Narragansett Bay quietly lapping up a certain part of the view.  When the Bay shifts its shores, it’s easy, especially looking through snapshots, to become a bit disoriented.  So I’ve included a couple/three pictures of what “normal” looks like down near the water.  Click on pictures for a larger look and hover over for captions.

Unlike my great-grandfather who would worry and go out to check on his gardens during any kind of weather, I’m always a little thrilled to forgetfulness by a good storm.  But I can sober right up when faced with the aftermath.  The grounds, aside from the flooding, didn’t seem to fare too badly – no major limbs or trees down that I saw.  But we’ll likely have our work cut out for us in the Rock Garden – maybe especially in this spot. (In the top right photo, this section of the garden is beyond the winterberry…)

Over the years we’ve learned the hard way what-not-to-plant there and we’ll have to wait and see if we’ll be adding to that list.

How did your garden survive the last storm?  Did you worry during or did you enjoy the ride?

4 thoughts on “Shore did flood

  1. I’ve never lived where it flooded like that. I can’t imagine. Cool pics though. We get tornadoes on occasion but not too often. I guess nothing survives that including the houses. We have a storm cellar. The worst by far are the ice storms. It’s amazing how the big cedars and evergreens bend almost double and then recover. The oaks are not as lucky and lose many big limbs or break in two. You’ll hear chain saws going for weeks and smell the pine in the air. So far, it’s a mild winter for us. Glad you are safe!

    Thank you, Anna! I have recurring nightmares about tornadoes but have never (knock wood) been through one in the cellar or otherwise. And I can see why you think ice storms are worse – they’re not localized like tornadoes – everything suffers. Hope your weather stays uneventful! -kris

  2. Wow, that must have been a shock. I’d never heard of a storm tide before. We’ll hope the damage is not too great once the water recedes. Out of curiosity, what does proximity to (and sometimes being flooded by) seawater do to Blitheworld soil?
    No telling how our plants are faring since they are under 7 or 8 inches of snow, which hopefully is helping since it’s a night in the teens. Blessedly, the wind was not as bad as predicted.
    Stay dry and well!

    Lynn, We had the Rock Garden soil tested last year after the spring flood and surprisingly it wasn’t super salty. – We must have had enough rain to leach it. That said, there are some spots that are probably slower to leach out and we have to plant things that are salt tolerant – they get salt spray in some spots too. And I’m not sure if there was a storm surge associated with this past storm or if it was just an extra high moon tide coupled with a lot of rain… It’s great that your plants are tucked in under all of that snow – they’re happy. Stay warm! -kris

  3. Just some minor flooding here. 20 miles to the north they got a lot of ice and the rivers sure are full. I feel lucky that anything worse didn’t happen.

    DF, I think ice storms are among the scariest and most damaging. — Glad we were spared that too. -kris

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