As the winter settles in and we bid farewell to 2012, take time to enjoy the beauty winter brings to the landscape.
An early winter moon sets in the morning sky.
A deer bedded down in the snow-covered woods.
The graceful contrast of ornamental grass and astilbe seed heads against snow.
How even a single fallen leaf provides winter interest.
How easy it is to learn where deer like to roam.
And, the nighttime magic of a new snowfall.
This spruce can generally handle heavy snow with little attention but don’t forget to gently brush heavy snows off branches of less supple shrubs like this little Pieris, which is in need of some winter TLC.
A gentle tap with a broom, preferably from the lower side of each branch, is usually enough to encourage snow to fall off. Removing snow when it is fresh helps prevent shrub damage and deformity. But, the key word is gentle … you don’t want to damage the branches with rough handling.
Thank you all for your visits and your comments. Be safe as you ring in 2013, and visit again tomorrow, January 1, 2013, for a look back at 2012’s Gardening Oops – or GOOPs.