January’s frozen foliage

A view of some foliage from my snow-covered gardens reveals some still green herbs frozen in time ( I’d show a photo of thyme here, but it’s all under snow).  An earlier fast freeze caught both my Golden Edged sage and Hidcote lavender with some color still in their leaves.  Look closely … very closely.  You’ll see it.  Northern gardeners learn to take pleasure in the slightest hint of green during our white and grey winters.  Usually the  sage leaves turn brown and fall, so it’s fun to seen them fast-frozen, color and all.  I doubt this anomaly will last long – the temperatures in Connecticut might reach 40 degrees today.  But the lavender will likely hold it’s grey-green foliage until closer to spring, when I’ll cut back it’s tired stalks to allow fresh new growth.

 winter sage 1-10 winter lavender 1-10

This is my first participation in Foliage Follow-up, the brainchild of Pam, who gardens and blogs from Austin, Texas.  She has a larger choice of subjects to photograph for Foliage Follow-up, which you can see at  Digging.  Sigh … 62 days till Spring.

14 comments for “January’s frozen foliage

  1. January 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I am right there with your “Sigh” Joene! Counting the days! Your foliage offers a lovely memory of fragrance. ;-) Carol

  2. January 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I like the patterns and shadows created by plants poking through snow cover. Does the lavender still hold a hint of fragrance at this time of year?

    Thanks for participating in Foliage Follow-Up!

    • joenesgarden
      January 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

      Pam, Lavender does hold it’s scent, it’s just not as strong during winter months.

  3. January 16, 2010 at 11:36 am

    oh 62 days – I can’t wait.

  4. joenesgarden
    January 16, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I generally wait until February to hold my countdown to spring. 62 days seems so far away.

  5. January 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    aloha joene,

    i love the beautiful blue and white contracts….aaaaw such sad plants, they’ll perk up soon even before you notice…don’t count down just visit my garden for a change :)

  6. January 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I’m also in Texas, so things are very different down here, but I’m impressed with your intrepid plants, hanging in there in spite of a blanket of snow. Spring is on the way – and then you can gloat because us Southern Gardeners are wilting in the heat and humidity!

    • joenesgarden
      January 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

      Well, Jayne, I guess it’s good that we can enjoy seasons in other gardens. Thanks for visiting.

  7. January 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Now this is a day I can get behind…much more foliage than blooms in my garden.

    Seeing the lavender poking through the snow is a strange little treat, kind of like walking on the beach when the sand is covered in snow.

  8. joenesgarden
    January 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Noel, when I visit your garden photos I’m reminded that Hawaii is a place I would like to visit. I have to reply on your “sad” comment though … I don’t see these photos as sad, just seasonal. Sad would be no plants at all.

  9. joenesgarden
    January 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Debbie, I think northern gardeners tend to focus more on foliage this time of year … for good reason!

  10. January 19, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Love that lavender in the snow, and it’s neat there is still fragrance even now. We love our tenacious cold hardy plants!

  11. joenesgarden
    January 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks, Cyndy. Glad you came by for a visit.

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