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Winter beauty

Rather than succumb to winter negativity, which is about all one hears on news and sees on social media, choose to step outside, breath in the crisp winter air, and enjoy some winter beauty.

Blue skies, different hues of beech leaves, the texture of bark, and deep shadows on fresh snow join to create stunning winter scenes.

Winter color.

Winter color.

Shadows on the snow.

Shodows

Shadows

One place woodpeckers roam when not vying for space on the suet feeders.

Woodpeckers were here

Woodpeckers were here

What’s missing from the snow? Animal tracks. Usually, following a fresh snow, the woods and open areas are crossed with animal tracks. But the snow is deep this year, keeping all but the lightest of squirrels from venturing far, and holding deer deep in the woods where groves of mountain laurel offer some fodder and protection from the elements.

winter woods absent of deer tracks

winter woods absent of deer tracks

There’s no doubt that winter can be difficult. It takes a lot of work to keep driveways and sidewalks clear, and snow-clearing tasks can definitely become tedious.

Winter exercise tools

Winter exercise tools

But it’s winter … and I’m a glass-half-full kind of girl.

In winter, a shovel and snow shoes are my exercise tools, and snow is the blanket that protects my gardens.

I know, that as temperatures warm come spring, and snow slowly melts into the earth, plants will awaken from their winter sleep.

Now, is the time to enjoy winter beauty.

 

 

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Farewell 2012

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.

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A deer bedded down in the snow-covered woods.

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The graceful contrast of ornamental grass and astilbe seed heads against snow.

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How even a single fallen leaf provides winter interest.

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How easy it is to learn where deer like to roam.

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And, the nighttime magic of a new snowfall.

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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.

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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.

Garden thoughtfully,

Joene

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