Notes from a USDA zone 5 shade garden in Southern Wisconsin.
Dreaming yes--dreaming of a warmer time. ;-)
do not wake from such beauty sleepp.s. especially love the oak leaf :)
The Oak leaves always capture my attention. At first glance they seem ordinary, but they actually are things of great beauty, quite durable, and life-protecting for wildlife. :)
It's good there's a blanket of snow. Let's hope the snow cover stays until the March thaw.
Yes. And now we'll have nearly a foot more of snow before Christmas. Sounds like the Packers/Bears game will be one of the coldest ever! I'm glad I'll be watching it on TV!
OK (channel Elmer Fudd), I'll be vewy, vewy quiet... :)
LOL. Thanks for the giggle. :)
I would be sleeping too if it was that cold and snowy here. Beautiful photos.
I'm ready for a long winter's nap. Thank you. :)
Hi,I love that second photo.Carla
Thanks, Carla. Someday, I think I'll do a post of just Oak leaves. They're so underappreciated.
Beautiful post Beth . . .
Thank you, Lynne. It's cold out there, isn't it? And more snow and cold on the way!!!
Lovely photos..Amanda xx
Thank you, Amanda. I won't be going outside much for the next few days. More bitter cold and snow on the way. Argh.
Hello!!! I am jealous of your snow! Here I am getting rid of different sicknesses that are making my life a little difficult theses months. But I am recovering and I´m be back to reading you blog with delight. Thanks!
Jealous of the snow! Wow! You can have it. ;-) I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling under the weather, Lula. I'm so glad you're feeling better! Take care!
Serious snow, it must be Christmas!
Serious snow, indeed! And we have 8-10 more inches on the way. The worst part is the aching cold. Forecast for Sunday night: -14F/-26C. Blech. It's pretty certain we'll have a white Christmas.
It must be so cold!
Hi Endah: We had an arctic blast last week, but the temperatures are moderating a bit this week. Still, it looks like we will have a white Christmas, which is nice. :)
Well, with your sleepy garden is covered with a down comforter. May it has been for a long time. Regards.
Yes, it's good to have the snow for plant insulation during the bitter cold days and nights. I hope your garden is safely insulated against the elements, too, Giga.
I wish you a peaceful Christmas!
Nothing more hopeful than seeing buds on plants as the snow is falling. Made cookie dough this morning and now stew is bubbling. Nothing to do but stay home and stay warm.
Yes, it's fun to see next spring's buds already forming. Unfortunately, I've noticed--on some of the plants--the rabbits are finding the buds particularly delicious, which is annoying. :(
oohhh! sweet dreams, garden plants :-)
Winter came early this year. I hope it ends early, too. ;-)
Sleep sweet prince! I promise not to wake your garden until spring when we'll all be ready for a reawakening!
Tee hee. I guess it's good to have a rest. I'll be reading, crocheting, and dreaming about gardening for three months. Blessings for your garden, too, Peter.
It looks so very peaceful. While some people seem to envy the year-round gardening possible in Southern California, I've always found the idea of a well-deserved break for the garden and the gardener very compelling.
Hi Kris: I like a little break. But our winters are too long. The good thing is they are usually white--which is better than gray and brown for months on end. I used to think I'd like to live a little south of here, but now I see that living here is great most of the year. I simply need to leave for the month of February, which is pretty much a repeat of January.
Beth, your photos are magical.
Thank you! That is a sweet thing to say. :)
Cute title. Very nice finds in the garden which make very beautiful photographs.
Thanks, Donna. Winter is beautiful, no denying it. It would be a fine season if it wasn't so dratted soul-busting cold. LOL.
Your garden is sleeping peacefully and beautifully, Beth. Mine is too, and this gardener can rest by the fire and dream of the next gardening season. Have a peaceful Christmas. P. x
Hi Pam: Blessings to you and yours this Christmas, too. A relaxing day and evening by the fire sound fabulous right about now. :)
I loved the photo of the single leaf, as it makes such a statement! As the garden sleeps, it prepares itself for next seasons delights. Happy winter!
Thanks, Lee. Happy winter to you! It's comforting to know the plants and critters are tucked into the warm earth and their nests with plenty of snow to protect them.
Dear Beth, I love these peaceful, atmospheric and "frozen in time" photos of your garden!So very different from the way my garden looks right now! I really do appreciate what both of our climates have to offer at this time of the year.Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!Looking forward to sharing our gardens with each other in 2017!Warm regards, Christina
Oh gosh, it's funny Christina. I enjoy the change of seasons, but I can see myself leaving Wisconsin for the month of February after I retire. Winter is beautiful, but it's simply too long here in Wisconsin. Merry Christmas to you and all the best in the year ahead!
I am resting with my snow covered garden too....a peaceful slumber needed.....wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas Beth! I should be back to some blogging and FB after the holidays.
Hi Donna: Sometimes I miss a few comments, so just now getting to this one. Holiday blessings to you and yours, and I look forward to your posts in the New Year!
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