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,
to the largest ledge,
to a fallen and decaying tree,
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.
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.
From more of a distance, it draws the eye toward other highlights, such as this lichen-covered tree with a unique growth pattern.
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.
A different leucothoe, relieved of foliage by browsing deer, still offers contrast against a near-by carex.
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.