It’s a rare day that snow pictures end up on this blog, but some people seem to be into this kind of stuff so I figured what the heck, they are kind of pretty, sort of like microscopic virus photos or the closeup of a horsefly’s eye… so here they are. As we enter the longest night of the year it’s a taste of cold sunshine from Saturday morning.
I love Pinus densiflora ‘Burke’s Red Variegated’. It’s supposed to resist winter browning, but here it is with some winter browning.
The polished buds of European beech surrounded by the russet glow of Panicum ‘Dallas Blues’ seedheads.
More Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’, a switch grass who’s bluish summer foliage is followed by a winter long reddish foliage which holds up fairly well to lighter snow loads and winter winds.
Silly rose it’s winter, and you’re deciduous.
We ended up with about a foot of snow. Faced with cyber school the kids didn’t even get a day off.
It’s been a good year for Amsonia hubrichtii. The yellow in autumn was better than ever and now there’s even some color left for the first few weeks of winter.
A gentle snowfall marks off the hedges and beds of the potager.
The bright sunshine and cold clear air brings sparkle to just about everything.
I had been itching to strimmer the stray weeds and wild asters on the berm, who would have thought the juncos would flock in to enjoy the tiny aster seedheads.
It’s always hit or miss as to how the Southern magnolia seedlings make it through the ups and downs of a NEPa winter.
Now it’s a slow wobble back to summer as the days again increase in length and the ground slowly soaks the heat back up. Eventually, towards the end of January, our average temperatures should start to rise again and if this winter is anything like the last couple a few witch hazels and winter aconite might dare open a flower or two. It’s a fun ride.
All the best for a nice, long and cozy solstice night 🙂