Posts tagged #Winter

Warm Blanket

We did get that dump of fluffy snow, transforming the garden, bringing peaceful white to cushion, calm and cover.  Smooth mounds mark undercover stones, spiky brown reaches through fleecy white, and tucked in pots pouf with vanilla muffin tops.  The arbour in rough grey stands guard over hibernating inhabitants.  The winter bouquets are iced like cakes.  The garden lies sleeping under its downy warm blanket.   

Posted on February 4, 2015 and filed under Inspiration.

The Garden is White

I feel lacking in my snow photos this winter.  Usually we have had several deep, fluffy dumps of snow to provide much fodder for pretty pictures.  This year we are light on the snow – the garden is white, but with no depth.  And we have had cold temps, so hang in there dear garden that I know prefers a protective thick blanket.  I always leave a good amount of standing perennials for interest.  Their structure gives the snow a place to settle; their colour gives contrast to stark, cold white; their height adds dimension and interest.  Not to mention being great bird perches and food sources.  This year’s fine crystal snow has sifted and sprinkled through the garden.  The grey disc bloom of yarrow holds snow like a palm.  A spiky coneflower seed head stands to attention with its pearly cap.  Autumn Joy sedum still puts on a show with textured cinnamon brown capturing icy white.  The skeleton of a Chinese lantern hides its orange fruit beneath white frosting.  And thank goodness for our evergreens like this nest spruce, adding green even if it is decorated with lacy white.   

Posted on January 28, 2015 and filed under Inspiration.

Season of Rest

I don’t often remember to take seasonal photos of the same scene, and this one was by chance, but it is curious to compare.  Brilliant colour contrasts to crunchy brown.  When I complain about winter my mother comments, “It would be so boring without the change of seasons.”  Of course she is right.  Gardens, and gardeners, need their season of rest, and there is certainly beauty in every season. 

Posted on December 29, 2014 and filed under Inspiration.

Snuggled In

Snuggled in a warm blanket of snow.  No birds now, but maybe forest spirits are curled inside to hibernate for the winter….

Posted on December 13, 2014 and filed under Inspiration.

Tiny Diamonds

Much as we have had a few dumps of snow, only traces remain.  This snow is scattered in little pockets of crystal jewels strewn through the garden, hugged amongst the chilled plants.  Nests of tiny diamonds sparkle on knotty wood, are held fast in the fuzz of lamb’s ears, and sugar still green moss.  Wee star gems highlight the copper of fallen cedar, and dot the evergreen foliage of rock cress.  The birdbath is dusted in crystalline…it just takes a moment to notice the hidden beauty.   

Posted on November 28, 2014 and filed under Inspiration.