Snow, Fog & Ice: Quiet Garden Beauty On a Winter’s Day …

January 13th, 2012 § 4 comments

The Garden, Cloaked in Ice-Cappeded Snow (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’)

Awoke this morning to find Winter —after a long and inexplicable absence— has finally returned; cloaking the garden in shades of alabaster and cream. Vibrant shades of red and gold punctuate the stark landscape; jewel-like accessories on Winter’s cool, icy ensemble. Driving conditions are treacherous in the hills today, but who would want to depart with such beauty to admire?

Winter’s Vibrant Red and Gold (Viburnum setigerum berries backed up by the blond blades of Miscanthus sinensis)

Icy Branches Dance in a Wild Swirl of Flurries (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’)

Secret Garden Entry on a Winter’s Day (Foreground: Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ & Acer palmatum x dissectum ‘Seiryu’)

Frozen Remnants of Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’)

Secret Garden Entry Border in Winter (Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ & Juniperus chinensis ‘Sargentii’)

Frozen Strands of Honey-Colored Beauty (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Gold Mop’)

Tartarian Dogwood Lights Up the Forest Like Flames in the Ice and Fog (Cornus alba ‘Siberica’) 

Delicate, Crystal-Coated Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ in foreground & Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ in back)

Like Crystal-Crusted Rubies: Cotoneaster Berries in Snow (Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Eichholz’)

Fading Flame Grass and Weigela’s Brown, Twiggy Bones (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurascens’, Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’)

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§ 4 Responses to Snow, Fog & Ice: Quiet Garden Beauty On a Winter’s Day …"

  • So happy to have some snow cover! And the tracery of the trees is so gorgeous with its outline of snow! Thanks for the gorgeous, as usual, pictures of your habitat. Cheers!

  • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Hi Michaela, Here’s to hoping that we too get some more o’ that white stuff. Had over four inches on the weekend, but rain most of today has washed it away again. Had the fog too, but above freezing temps, so no icing. Supposed to go ‘way down again tonight, who knows what’ll come of it…
    There’s just no getting used to it: this weird weather is getting me down ):
    xo D.

  • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    P.S. Thanks for the pick-me-up photos!!

  • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Your title put me in mind of “…on such a winter’s day”

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