Thanks to an unexpected gift, I was able to leave my cold and snowy New England confines and feast my visual senses in a few magnifique gardens in France … all without leaving the couch or my cozy warm fire. One of my favorites, Les Confines in Provence, as shown in the photo below, is the garden of landscape designer Dominique Lafourcade and her husband Bruno. What's not to love about a lambs ear and lavender lined rill running through an orchard of potted olive trees before it spills under an ivy covered circle into the natural pond just out of the eye's view?
Mother Nature must read gardening blogs. She sure heard my plea for a comforter of snow. Sunday morning, December 20, 2009, and we figure about 2 feet of the white powdery stuff now graces our space. The exact depth is hard to tell since the wind howled most of the night and sculpted drifts of snow up to 3 feet deep here and there. The snow gauge read about 5 inches by 11 pm Saturday, and 18 inches at 2:30 Sunday morning. Since the gauge only reads to 18 inches, and it is nearly covered right now, we're guessing we have from 22 to 24 inches of snow overall, and when it gets this deep, what's a couple of inches either way?