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Foliage and textures for January 2013 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Foliage and textures provide winter interest in this Connecticut garden for the first Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day of 2013, kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Perennial beds are sleeping and deciduous shrubs are bereft of leaves, but this does not mean there is nothing beautiful to feast your eyes upon.

Winter brings the opportunity to appreciate contrasts. It draws me into surrounding woods … away from the garden beds I tend all spring, summer, and autumn.

From the smallest lichen,

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to the largest ledge,

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to a fallen and decaying tree,

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there’s always beauty to find in winter woods.

We all know how well the dark green and blue-green foliage of evergreen shrubs and conifers stand out against snow, but snow also highlights ornamental grass foliage as well as the reds of Coast Leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris). Plus, snow reveals tell-tale deer tracks leading to this small shrub – which explains its missing leaves.

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When snow melts, as it has in the last few days in Connecticut during temperatures reaching into the 50’s, club moss grabs the eye. In close-up view it looks like a miniature forest.

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From more of a distance, it draws the eye toward other highlights, such as this lichen-covered tree with a unique growth pattern.

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One small leucothoe shrub still shines in bright red in contrast to the grays of the bark of a beech tree and a neighboring stone wall.

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A different leucothoe, relieved of foliage by browsing deer, still offers contrast against a near-by carex.

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There are no flowers, not even on indoor violets, to share from my Connecticut garden this January Bloom Day. You will have to visit May Dreams Gardens to get a flower fix … you’re likely to see blooms from gardens in warmer regions of the world. I’m heading there for my fix now.

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Connecticut Color in November–Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Evergreen shrubs provide most of the color in my Connecticut garden for this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Holly’s red berries contrast beautifully with its dark green leaves.

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Coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris), a Connecticut native, shows off its ruby red leaf color against backdrops of mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), another Connecticut native, and carex.

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Pieris andromeda similarly plays red against green.

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These workhorse shrubs will provide most of the color contrast in my gardens throughout winter. But in mid-November color also holds on elsewhere.

Spiraea Double Play Artist, a Proven Winners shrub I received as a trial plant in 2011, is not yet ready to stop attracting attention.

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This compact shrub is expected to grow to about two and one-half feet tall and wide. It is fast becoming one of my favorites, showing red-tinged new growth that matures to dark green, and dark pink blossoms in spring. With deadheading, the shrub will rebloom through autumn, when the leaves again provide seasonal color.

Just out of the shot of the spiraea above is a shrub rose, and this is where I found the best surprise of the morning.

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Through super storm Sandy, an early Nor’easter snowfall, and nighttime temperatures into the high 20’s, this little rose managed to push out one more bloom … as if she wanted to be the November 2012 star of the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post from joene’s garden.

She succeeded.

To see the stars blooming in gardens all over the world please visit May Dreams Gardens where Carol kindly hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.

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