|The winter pond-garden looks a little less scruffy with a dusting of snow.|
“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.” -- Roger Ebert
Winter is here with snow, ice, and subfreezing temperatures. Officially, the first day of winter doesn't arrive until December 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm EST. That is the December solstice marking the day of the year with the least hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere. I am happy to live in a region with four distinct seasons as I welcome a period of rest from gardening chores. I admire, but don't envy, those gardeners that are able to tend their gardens year-round. Therefore, I greet the seasonal change with joy, celebrating in several ways -- usually from my favorite chair by the fire in the den: I pour over photographs of the past year to see what worked and what didn't, I list my New-Year gardening resolutions, I plan for the new gardening year, I purchase or borrow new gardening books to help with my planning, and I just sit and watch the winter birds.
WHAT WORKED IN 2013
|I am happy with the dwarf trees we planted around the pond.|
|The new picket fence successfully hides the ugly pasture fence seen in the previous photo.|
|New plantings in the shade garden provide spring color.|
I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of my newly planted snowdrops in the shade garden. But they were pretty much 'sleeping' this first year. I do hope they survive for the spring of 2014!
|Loved the bed of annuals at the entrance to our property.|
|Great window-box plantings on the tractor shed. I will use the same combination next year.|
|One of the many mirrors I placed in my garden this year.|
|The newly-painted potting shed received many compliments.|
|The potting shed with snow yesterday -- a dark, dreary day.|
|I adore the new, tin sculpture in the kitchen garden.|
|We enjoyed a steady supply of produce from the kitchen garden.|
|New plantings of asters and sedum in the cottage garden for fall blooming.|
The weeping cherry didn't look so good at the end of the year. The planting spot proved to be quite wet.
|I'm not sure about this weeping cherry. It may have been planted in the wrong place.|
|Lamium covered the path to the swing. I am not sure I like it.|
|We had the usual amount of pests visit the garden. I didn't successfully eliminate the aphids.|
My biggest disappointment was the lack of monarch butterflies.
|One of the rare monarchs to visit in 2013.|
We neglected the Woodland Walk this year for a couple of reasons: first, to cut down on work and second, my fear of the black bears that we see passing through there.
|The entrance to the Woodland Walk across the bridge over Bluebell Creek, yesterday.|
Next year I plan to focus on enhancing the walk along Bluebell Creek and let the main Woodland Walk go.
I have started designing the 2014 kitchen garden and I am making plans to rectify some of the problems identified above. I'll list my New Year gardening resolutions in a posting coming-up soon.
I have added some wonderful new books to my garden library recently. They are all about cottage gardening. My favorite is The Cottage Garden by Christopher Lloyd.
|My 2013 Cottage Garden|
One of my greatest joys in the winter is watching and photographing the birds that visit my bird feeder and water dish. In the near future, I will devote a posting to some of the beauties I've seen so far this winter.
|A Red-bellied Woodpecker visited yesterday.|
Yes, I welcome winter and celebrate its coming. I am joining Donna at Gardens Eye View for her Seasonal Celebrations Meme. Do visit her wonderful blog and maybe join in! I would love to know how you celebrate the change of season.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” -- Edith Sitwell
Stay warm this winter, or stay cool if your season has changed to summer!
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