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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My Snowy Garden - February 2017

Snow... Not very often in our neck of the woods, just once-twice a year. That is why - lots of pictures. 
The snow was very heavy. Beautiful and dangerous. 
9 a.m. - pictures are bluish. I was sweeping the snow from some trees bent to the ground and bushes.
12:30 p.m. - more snow. Broken branches, split shrubs... 
Can't even say that I worked hard with my broom for a couple of hours earlier in the morning. 

 These palm trees in containers are tough, but I try to help them and sweep the snow

 Japanese maples are beautiful any time of the year

Sure, this birdbath would be more safe if covered for winter, but I want to see it year around, I love it. I remove water periodically.

 Kitchen garden. Garlic is growing nicely, and I know it'll survive.

 I brushed the snow off this bamboo

 Sorry, Red Plastic Tub, I left you outside... I was already doing some spring ha-ha cleaning!

 Potting bench. And what is that tall brown stick on the right?
It's my tallest Tetrapanax.

 I hope this huge rhododendron branch will be OK. Cleaned it a bit.

Two bent Aralia plants created an arch

I do love Fatsia japonica (aralia).  I'm sure my plants will be fine.

 Yucca will be fine, too

 It's No School day...  
It's also No Milk Delivery Day and No Trash Pick Up Day. But our postman made it!

Beautiful Japanese maple, a gift from a wonderful gardener. Thank you Radell!

 This Agapanthus was a star in the winter garden... till it collapsed.  

 Great illustration - why it's dry under the big trees.

California lilacs, above and below, bent down as never before. Swept some snow off them.

Clematis montana

 Terrace/Cottage Garden

 Another Aralia

 Even wire plant supports look decorative under the snow

We made a circle around the house

 How would my garden look without  these huge trees?

Someone is very happy!

 Escallonia border was hit hard. Many branches got broken.
Greener part - it's where I removed some snow.

Noon. The same places, but with more snow. 

 Snowing again...

 It's a joke, but - isn't it a good time to trim these California lilacs? 
I wouldn't even need a ladder to reach their tops!

 More snow on the maple

 The rhododendron branch lifted a bit  after I brushed off some snow, but more snow is coming...

Cyclamen are protected by the trees. It's nice to see some color!

 Ouch! Almost all my boxwoods look like this

Thank you for walking with me. I hope you stayed warm!

***Copyright 2017 TatyanaS


  1. A "true winter garden. Something different for a change. I am smitten with your pictures. Yes, that agapanthus steals the show...but most of the plants do. It really looks magic. Very impressive garden, even under the burden of snow the plants speak to you...imagine us when we come alive again with colours and warmth and sun, but now we are frozen in time for our beauty.

  2. Wow, what great photos! I'm sorry for the damages from this snow and hope you won't have too many more. What a difference there is under the big trees. A place to hide out.

    Your canine friend does look like he is enjoying himself.

    I loved your cyclamen and then that nice green glass orb in the next photo.

    Be well, be warm, be safe. Don't work too hard out there brushing the snow off.

    I'm sitting here in capri pants, a short sleeve shirt, barefoot and the a.c. is on. :-)

    Happy February ~ FlowerLady

  3. Snow is always beautiful to see and your pictures are dreamy. I'm sorry for the damage your plants sustained.

  4. Betty from OregonFebruary 08, 2017

    Your puppy is adorable, Tatyana, and your garden is gorgeous!

  5. Your snowy photos are beautiful and it looks like you have a winter wonderland! I love the photos of snow with moss peeking through for a hint of green. We have had a relatively mild winter here on Long Island with the exception of one major snow, but are are under a blizzard warning right now as I write this!

  6. I dislike the snow so much. I couldn't muster enough energy to go out and knock it off any of my plants. I just didn't want to put on boots. Some of your photos are pretty. I have the same bare areas under my Douglas firs.

  7. Lovely images! It's always so nifty to see flowers in the snow. We have snow most of the winter, so it's not exciting for me. Although the first snow of the season, and the last one, are fun. I'm surprised your dog wasn't too cold sitting there in the snow!

  8. Your garden looks magical Tanya! I love those brave little cyclamens giving that bright pop of colour.

  9. I think the world has gone quite topsy turvey, and you guys are getting all of our snow this year!

  10. THANK YOU everyone! Love to read your comments!

  11. Hello Tatyana, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I am one of the few who actually loves winter! Thank you so much for sharing all the beauty around you. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

  12. Che bel giardino, complimenti per quel lavoro e la passione che c´è dentro!
    Lascio un saluto dal mio Wellness Hotel Trentino Moena, Alessandra:-)


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