The first serious, get-down-and-boogie snowstorm came along on Wednesday, with nearly a foot of snow blanketing everything and creating wonderful snow-art, ranging from dustings on asclepias pods to drifts in some of the borders. Hey, if we are going to have winter, we might as well have snow, to protect those hellebore buds from the vagaries of temperature shifts so that they will bloom when spring comes!
A heavy snowfall accompanied with impressive winds tends to make everything look new, interesting and fresh. Although the grey skies tend to make for a bit of a monochromatic Skywatch Friday, things are serene and relaxing as I walk around the property.
Winter means throwing out extra seed for the birds that visit our gardens, with the exception of these granite and iron whimsicals. They don't eat much.
There are real crows, and there are metal crows...which crows are which, we wonder?
The wire birches in the back garden haven't yet been bowed by ice or heavy winds this winter, but it's early yet. These trees aren't quite as wonderful as paper birches, but they're quite attractive in the winter landscape.
The flowers have all been beaten off the miscanthus varieties around our garden, but the stems still stand to provide the all-important winter interest...
Not everyone likes teasels, and that's understandable. They are prickly, massive, tap-rooted, and produce major amounts of seed. But if you have the room, like to provide seed for birds in the winter, enjoy the sculptural beauty of their seedheads--which WILL stand all winter, even when slightly leaning from the winds up here--they are a fabulous addition to a perennial/pollinator garden. And need I point out that they are pretty much deer resistant?