The first winter blast came roaring in last night.
It is very cold & windy this morning. At least the sun is shining. I thought our flaming red maple would be missing many leaves this morning. But, as you can see it's still full of color.
Our flaming red maple has weathered many challenges. Ice, snow & tornadic storms the last 9 years have taken some of its branches. A storm this past spring took out a limb & left a huge gap. The top is finally filling in after it was damaged in an ice storm 6 years ago.
Our deck is now bare of our warm weather plants & flowers. We brought in the hibiscus tree & put it upstairs in the office. Hopefully it can survive the long winter inside a warm house.
We planted these pansies Sunday afternoon.
I've always wondered why a weak person is called a pansy because the pansy flower is strong enough to survive a cold winter.