The Winter Garden; A Restless Gardener

Nearing the end of February and it should not surprise anyone that we are covered in snow in a zone 4 garden.  Some of our heaviest snows will occur in this month and next.

 

 

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Garden Textures

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The last few growing seasons I have worked on bringing in some new plantings and textures into the garden.  Conifers have been finding their places into the landscape.

Even in a zone 4 garden and it’s size constraints there are so many design options.

Dwarf, columnar, and weeping specimens.

Colors that vary from green, blue, silvers and golden.

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I miss my garden during these long winter months but creating garden textures that break up the white ground really helps.  Of coarse I have found a few spots for just a couple more!

 

Playing In The Leaves

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The weather has been colder and wetter then normal!

Sunshine has been very scarce and I’m behind in the garden chores.

Mother Nature, I need a little cooperation.

 

Garden Gate

The Winter always looks so pretty in the garden and I love to grab my camera after a snowfall.  It was a busy year in the garden with most of the work and attention on the new garden pond.  This coming year we look forward to more normal garden task’s and time to sit and enjoy the garden.

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Tiger Eye Sumac

As we enter autumn in the garden, the Tiger Eye Sumac foliage becomes the  star.

I would so love to grow a Japanese Maple, but sadly it would not survive a zone 4 winter.

The Tiger Eye gives me an interesting shape in the garden and the burst of bright color at the end of the season.

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