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Friday, January 20, 2012

My Snowy Winter Garden (zone 7b)

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.
 This huge fir branch almost touches the ground because of the weight of the snow:
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:
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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.
***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS

46 comments:

  1. Hey Tatyana,
    What a gorgeous place you life in. The photo's of the snow are gorgeous. Hope you don't get to much snow.
    gr. Marijke

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  2. So lovely...we've hardly had any snow here in Ohio! What strange weather for winter.

    I've thought of trying out some taller grasses...they really do look lovely in the winter!

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    1. I used to cut this grass. Now, it looks much better!

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  3. Tatyana, your house and garden looks like a winter wonderland fairytale. It is sooo... beautiful! I hope you get to experience only the lovely qualities of snow and ice and not the potentially damaging ones. Keeping my fingers crossed for you! Here in Southern California we have very mild winter weather, but there is finally rain in the forecast for tomorrow. We need it so badly!
    Christina

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    1. Some shrubs look bad, but I hope they will recover. I hope you have a good rain, Christina!

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  4. Snow definitely has a magical way of making everything look beautiful! I LOVED your comment that you love unperfect things. That's what makes them so fabulous. :o)

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  5. Hi Tatyana, The garden looks wonderful in its winter finery. All the photos are wonderful but my favorite is the pampas grass with the urn and of course that snowy rose bud. Stay warm!

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    1. Grace, pampas grass doesn't look good now, But, I know it's tough!

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  6. I have been watching the news out of Seattle, so have been following this unprecedented snowfall you all have had! Good luck with the survival of your garden.But, may i just say how pretty it all looks with so much white fluffy snow around.

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    1. We had our portion of that white stuff, now it can go away! Our school was closed for 3 days!

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  7. Fantastic shots!!! My favorites are the snow covered rose and the snow blowing off between the trees. Your place is beautiful!

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    1. Right now, it's dangerous to walk between those trees - the chunks of heavy snow are falling down!

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  8. Gorgeous. I love snow covered gardens, and the outline and skeletons of your garden are just beautiful. Sorry to hear about the ice. I hope the snow has insulated everything and it doesn't cause much damage. Love that pic of your son(?) riding his bike in the snow. That pop of brilliant color is fabulous!

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  9. It's our neighbors' boy. He replaced a bike with a sled soon after!

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  10. It looks beautiful in your snowy garden. Hope all your plants survive. That darn ice is what made the snow no more fun. It's finally melting here, but so slushy. I'll be glad to go back to our mild winter.

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    1. Boys are happy to stay home for 3 days...Snow is melting...

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  11. I do enjoy seeing all the mature conifers with snow and your beautiful home and gardens... Larry

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  12. Your photos look like they're straight out of a fairy tale. Everything looks so enchanting all covered in snow. I especially like the monarda stems covered with caps of snow.

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    1. That monarda was a hummingbird magnet in summer!

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  13. lovely...lovely...lovely !!!

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  14. You have a really beautiful house / home and property! Picture postcard beautiful!

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  15. Everything looks so beautiful covered in snow. It's when it starts to melt and turns to slush that I don't like.

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    1. Before slush, we have crust frozen crust, Jo!

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  16. Dobrý večer!
    Vaše fotky jsou nádherné!
    Velmi krásná zimní zahrada...
    Děkuji za vaši návštěvu a milou zprávu.
    Mám radost...přeji hezký víkend!
    Soňa

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  17. I love the pictures of the grasses in the snow! I personally think our native evergreen tree's look very romantic in the snow :) Cheers, Jenni

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    1. I agree, Jenni! They like this snowy outfit!

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  18. Your home and gardens look simply enchanting with that beautiful snow. I hope your plants are ok, and they probably are... plants always amaze me with their resilience! I love the action shot of your dog!

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    1. Dorothy, plants looked almost dead, but they survived!

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  19. Beautiful! We have not had that much snow this year. If we do, I look forward to these kinds of images. I think snow makes everything look beautiful--like cake with frosting. Your garden is beautiful in this white, fluffy paradise.

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    1. It lasted 3 days, and now half of the snow melted, and another half froze!

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  20. wow that rose bud dressed in snow is gorgeous!

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  21. dog checking out this serene world coool mighty Sandy

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  22. I have seen pictures of cracked trees and everything covered in ice. So surreal and devastating. I hope it wasn't that icestorm, as it is called I now know, that attacked your part of the country too?
    Your pictures of a tranquil, white winterworld are so pieceful and beautiful. The smallest (dried up) flower topped with some snow, it's just magical.
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Marian, I see some damaged trees in the neighborhood, but it's not bad as we had in 2006!

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  23. Your garden was so peaceful and beautiful in the snow. I hope the ice didn't cause much damage (and that you have power). Now wind this afternoon, they say. May as well bring it on before we clean up from the rest.

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    1. Kelly, my biggest concern is my tree peony, its buds. It didn't bloom last year because of the March snow and cold.

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  24. I love how the rounded boxwoods look like a chain of giant spheres under the snow! Your tough Japanese maple looks amazing as well. Everything looks so pretty and peaceful in the snow.
    That must be pretty cold housetraining your puppy, though!

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  25. Indie, it's good that we take turns to go out with him, especially at night! He has a warm coat and doesn't mind! He eats snow!

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  26. I am very jealous of your snow after having two snowy winters in a row but not much this year. It snowed yesterday about 2" but got icy.

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