Footprints in the snow show where we take our new puppy day and night for housetraining.
A view of our cul de sac. It's clear that schools will be closed. This is the first time in seven years when we have had three snow days! Kids are happy!
You need to be a kid to ride a bike on the snow!
Beyond the street, there is a little wonderful forest:
It's so quiet here...
Back to my garden.
You can see my pineapple under the clematis arch:
We got 6 inches of snow in 24 hours. Do you see the Privet to the right from the house entrance? Several years ago, heavy snow slid from the roof and badly damaged it. I hope it won't happen again!
Hydrangea 'Endless Summer':
I'm glad I didn't cut this tall grass. It looks good now:
Looking back at the cul-de-sac. The row of fir trees marks the boundary. Burning bush is strikingly beautiful in winter with its tiny red berries.
The view of the so called terrace garden. It's taken up by perennials, berry bushes and, in summer, vegetables. Joe Pye Weed is towering in the middle:
Monarda is beautiful in winter!
Dwarf pampas grass didn't bloom last year. I like it anyway.
Gazebo enveloped in grape vines and Japanese ilex hedge :
The back lawn:
Aren't these trees beautiful. Mostly, we have Douglas fir and a couple of Hemlocks.
Let's get closer to the house. Do you see a dragon on the garden table? I don't. It hides under the snow.
Kitchen garden with its boxwoods actually looks even prettier under the white cover. My three raised beds serve as an additional composting place in winter.
Do you see Amur, our older dog, under the tree? To the right fron him is my hidden compost pile.
Behind the garden: Escalonia bushes are on the right. They can get damaged by the heavy snow, but they recover fast.
Behind the corner of the house, there is my new potting bench. I bet that a little vinca minor plant, in the middle of the lower shelf, will survive! Vinca is tough!
We made a circle around the house. Front flower bed is covered by snow. My main concern is my only tree peony. Its buds can freeze like happened last year after a March snow. It never bloomed in 2011. Melianthus is also somewhere there under the snow. I'm not sure it'll survive.
I don't think this Japanese maple is going to be hurt. It proved its toughness before.
Another Japanese maple and Helleborus foetidus with its powdered blooms:
Somewhere under the snow there are pansies in this container:
Yuccas, in the pot and behind the light post, look good even now:
It is unusual to see the garden almost black and white.
Although, there was some other color, Mr.Lincoln rose bud:
Thank you for taking a walk with me through my winter garden.
Attention: These pictures were taken before the disaster struck. Right now, everything is enclosed in ice. But, that is a different story.
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