Garden’s season’s greetings

Winter may be just days away, but my gardens still offer a touch of holiday cheer.  And, with Mother Nature holding off our snow I was able to capture some season’s greetings … in expected and unexpected places.

Pieris japonica ‘Compacta’ … Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ … Ilex meserveae ‘Blue Maid’ cheerily brighten grey cold days.

Pieris japonica compacta-closeup 12-09      Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'-2 12-09      Ilex berry 12-09

Christmas ferns … native mosses … and santolina are contrasts in green.

Christmas ferns 12-09      native moss 12-09      Santolina 12-09

Shades of browns from a lovely beech … miscanthus grasses … and acorns dotting the ground.

Beech 12-09      miscanthus 12-09      acorns-2 12-09

But sometimes holiday cheer comes unexpectedly like below, in leaves of tiny stonecrop sedum, it’s greener cousin, and the pink-tinged edges of euonymus.

stonecrop sedum spathulifolium 'Carnea' 12-09      green sedum 12-09      Euonymous 'Emerald Gaiety' 12-09

Finally, even a mish-mosh of of grapevines, mountain laurel, dried hydrangea, a couple of strands of LED lights, and an old whiskey barrel can bring holiday cheer.

grapevine tree-daytime 12-09           grapevine tree-early morn 12-09

Bon hiver … happy winter … to all.

5 comments for “Garden’s season’s greetings

  1. December 20, 2009 at 1:17 am

    These photos are so lovely. They are a reminder that beauty is all around us, even at our feet, if we will pause a moment to see. How often do we stop to look at an acorn, or a berry, or a scrap of moss? Our lives are better for the moments we do. Thank you for this post, and Merry Christmas!

  2. December 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Wonderful color and shape to show us winter’s aspect and the garden’s backbone. But your grapevine-hydrangea-LED tree captures my heart best. Thanks for sharing. Happy winter!

  3. joenesgarden
    December 20, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks, Deborah and Lynn. One of my favorite parts of winter is seeking out tiny pleasures that might otherwise go unnoticed. I’m glad I caught these photos, now everything is under snow.

  4. January 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Love, love, love the dried hydrangea on the mountain laurel!

    • joenesgarden
      January 9, 2010 at 12:29 am

      Thanks, Heather

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