Fire and Ice in Colorado – September Snowstorm

Living in Colorado can be an adventure, but when fire meets ice from record-breaking heat to an early September snowstorm, it’s a wild ride.

The state hit all-time high temperatures of 100 degrees over the weekend, and wildfires exploded. A forty-thousand-foot smoke plume exploded over the Cameron Peak fire. Ash fell like snow. Going outside meant inhaling unhealthy air. But, all weekend, forecasters predicted mountain snow in feet and up to six inches in my area outside of Boulder. What???

Two days ago, ash fell like snow from the sky.

With temperatures plummeting from the nineties yesterday to freezing, I hustled to protect my garden. I had waited all summer for green peppers, and there are two of them. I know, go buy some, right? No!

Along with tons of tomatoes sprawling out of their above-ground confine, several small pumpkins could use a few more weeks of growth. Freaking out about everything turning to mush, if temperatures drop into the twenties, my family suggested grabbing a sleeping bag and using body heat to warm them. I did the next best thing.

Pumpkins 2020

I became a garden wrangler.

The pumpkin vines, brittle from the heat, proved difficult to wind inside the four-by-eight foot garden. The twelve-foot tomato plants — yes, twelve! — were surprisingly pliable. I used sheets safety pinned together to keep the plants from spilling out. I used ski poles to prop up an old canopy to protect it from the snow. Danny nailed it all in place.

Garden tent

We tied a record for the earliest snowfall, when the storm rolled in yesterday afternoon.

I woke up at 4:30 AM, relieved to see the temperatures hovering around freezing. It snowed, but we didn’t hit the low twenties, nor receive the huge snow total. Yay! Now the plants will have time to harden off, and we won’t lose a lot of them.

Roses in snow

The snow is like sugar frosting.

Snowy boughs of Rose of Sharon

From extreme heat to snow is a shock, but it is beautiful!

Berry snow

An ice rink for the birds.

Bird ice rink

Roses peek out from a blanket of snow and wonder what hit them.

Snow on roses

Daisies covered in the September snow.

Daisy under snow

Flowers in a freeze-frame, literally.

Flower under snow

A snowy trellis perfect for lunchtime will be a bit chilly today.

Snowy trellis at the pond

I waited years for my trumpet vine to bloom.

Snowy trumpet vine

The front will move out, and the temperatures will soar once again. The snow will melt and fade from memory. I’ve heard a vicious rumor that we won’t have fall color, but I think we’ll be okay.

The storm helped diminish the mountain fires somewhat, but they need a lot more of them. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this is only the beginning of the ton of snow predicted to arrive in Colorado this winter. I can’t wait to go skiing!

Are you surviving the heat, or is snow on the way where you live? Are you a gardener? Would you try to save them or go to the store?

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    1. The sun will come out tomorrow. 🎶 😂 Thanks, Anneli. I’m so relieved that we didn’t get the amount of snow they predicted or the cold temperatures. We might actually get some fall color after all! Were you hit with a storm?

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  1. What a wild ride through climate change! Not sure why people have politicized something that we should all want to understand, so we can do everything possible to mitigate the downside of a changing climate…Northern California had FIRE TORNADOS a few weeks back, and the state is still on fire in numerous areas…thanks for sharing all of the information and terrific photos with us!


    1. Thanks so much, John!

      I heard about those tornados. Insane!
      Although we tied a record with an early storm from a long time ago, I believe climate change is HERE! I couldn’t believe the San Francisco photos today. We are destroying our planet.

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  2. We live about 12 miles east of San Francisco and currently it’s snowing ash from all the fires but it’s only 63 degrees and the sky is an ominous orange color. Supposedly the air is healthy to breath. The arbor picture is stunning – hope your trumpet plant survives!


        1. Next time! There were way over 100,000 tweets. It’s hard to be found, even with hashtags. I got one agent request for my second book and three from indie publishers. I need to polish it up and start querying it!

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              1. Oh, yeah! I’m with you–been down the comp title rabbit hole for hours myself. A blogger friend (Bookish Beck) is a pro book reviewer and reads SO MUCH. She has helped in the past; book reviewers have a keen sense of what’s out there across genres and what’s on the horizon.


  3. Wow, that’s crazy Susie! Sure made for some beautiful photos! Cooling down here in southern Ontario, fall is definitely in the air. My favourite season💕


    1. Thanks, Lynn! I’m surprised you didn’t get any snow. My garden is alive and well. We’ll see how it does now that it’s all crowded into a dinky space. LOL!
      I do love fall too and hope we get some color this year.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. 2020. Goofiest year ever!

    I gardened when we lived in Illinois. In a cold snap I’d be out there covering whatever I could.
    As I recall, the weather in Colorado often has quick changes, but such extremes! Wow!

    Congratulations on the manuscript requests! So far I haven’t had a lot of luck with pitching on Twitter. I’m pleased to know it worked you.

    Your photography is gorgeous, as always. Cheers!


    1. Thanks so much, Ellen! So much of Twitter pitching is luck, considering how many tweets there are.

      The snow never really accumulated, so the gardens survived. Yay! I don’t see anything cold temps in the forecast, but like you said, we are the land of extremes. Everything can change in a day!!!


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