With no blooms in my outdoor gardens eyes are drawn to the subtle colors of a so-far snowless winter. I bundled up for a winter morning photo stroll to see what winter color might reveal itself for this first Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, of 2012.
Temperatures fell below 10 degrees Fahrenheit this morning in south-central Connecticut causing mountain laurel and rhododendron shrubs to curl their leaves in response to the cold.
I think the rhodos jealously eyed my winter garb as I walked by.
Holly, boxwood and pieris of different shapes and sizes add to the green contrast brought by native-growing mountain laurels and gardener-planted rhododendron. Young junipers and spruce will add their blue-gray tones to the landscape as they mature. But now the gardens are dressed in shades of brown highlighted with small touches of whatever green still survives the cold.
Golden shades ornamental grasses pick up early morning sun …
not to be outdone by copper tones of beech.
A newly planted Pieris japonica ‘Dorothy Wycoff’ hints at the intense purple shades its larger future-self will bring to the winter landscape,
while foxglove and carex dot beds with shades of green.
Winter calls for celebration of even the slightest touch of color. This tiny rose hip could easily be overlooked and that would be a shame.
Inside, protected from the winter cold, an amaryllis leans toward the light as it’s companion, a holiday cactus, looks on.
Coleus brighten nighttime views of the window above the kitchen sink.
Houseplants happily soak up whatever morning sun the weather allows.
Garden color isn’t always about flowers, or about gardening outdoors. Sometimes we must relish in color, contrast and light during chilly winter walks and from the protected warmth of home.
But flowers do tend to lighten a winter mood so join me as I head over to the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day links posted at May Dreams Gardens. There are always mood-lifting blossoms to enjoy there.