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Winter Festival in my Garden

Winter Festival in my Garden

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 | 2 comments

Every year I find magic right in my garden after a snowfall. Saturday’s snow was just the right consistency for creating “snow flowers” that last awhile. A little wet so it lingers and when you shovel, you have to pause. What are “snow flowers” you ask? I learned about this concept in a novel I read years ago. The title and...

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Arranging Foliage for Colorful Winter Containers

Arranging Foliage for Colorful Winter Containers

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 | 2 comments

Here in New England, our gardens and entries can get pretty  bleary as December slides into the Winter Solstice.  We know that the March Equinox is a long psychological distance until we might see some color in the landscape. In my garden it’s the early blooming Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) often in February. For weeks now, intent on noticing any color in...

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Subtle Pallet Awaits You in Winter’s Woods

Subtle Pallet Awaits You in Winter’s Woods

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 | 0 comments

This subtle pallet drew me to this woodland winter place. Indeed the hues of white, silvery green, blues, brown, and charcoal color my living room. I love the contrast of large and small, vertical and horizontal. Tree trunks of varying widths painted with splotches of silvery green lichen contrasts with narrower branches of saplings and shrubs. The...

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Arnold keeps its Promise

Arnold keeps its Promise

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 | 0 comments

Away over President’s Day holiday weekend, I returned to find the Witch Hazel ‘Arnold’s Promise’ in full bloom! This wonderful Hamamelis leads the way to springs’ bounty. Depending on the winter it blooms from anywhere from late January or early February to April. In last year’s record- setting cold and deep snow cover...

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Winter Wonder Found on a Chilly Morning

Winter Wonder Found on a Chilly Morning

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Twenty degrees Fahrenheit at 9am on a Sunday morning.  A cold January New England day with a wind chill factor of 0!  I spotted this evergreen fern thriving in this hundred fifty year old foundation wall. Cold or not, I paused to admire and dig out my camera. The field-stone wall retains the glacier made hill to the rear of the horse stalls built when the...

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