Making It Through The Winter


Frost on heuchera leaves

Once the heavy overnight frost fringing these heuchera leaves had thawed, the garden was warmed by the sun

which was low enough to light lily leaves and grasses,

while pearly jewels dripped from naked and semi-clad twigs,

Raindrops on rose leaves

and lingering rose leaves.

Autumn-hued hydrangeas hang on to life.

Alliums 2

The first clusters of precocious onion-smelly alliums have pierced the soil,


and a pendulous leycesteria has already produced its kindergarten mobiles.

Shady Path

Shadows slanted across the Shady and

Brick Path

 the Brick Paths.

Three winter flowering pink Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn,shrubs are doing what is expected of them.

One camellia has begun to flower and has even provided evidence that some flies are capable of making it through the winter.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s brilliant beef in red wine, boiled new potatoes, and piquant cauliflower cheese. I finished the merlot.


  1. The frost-dusted leaves are beautiful. I also really like the shot of the brick past with the patches of sun and shadow.
    “Piquant cauliflower cheese” sounds yummy–especially with Merlot. 😉

  2. Love the drops of water on the elegant stems and I noticed the plants or moss growing between the bricks on the sidewalk. I like that. I have to say that I can hardly wrap my head around a winter that has green and blooming plants.

  3. Well, those frosted leaves take the prize, and the path comes in second. The garden is beautiful in winter, isn’t it? I also made Jackie’s piquant cauliflower tonight. Delicious, and lots left over.

  4. The first picture is very good! We have heavy frost today and thick fog. It’s funny how that makes no difference whatsoever to the speed of the traffic!

  5. Looks cold there too. That Allium triquetrum is very early! It often flowered in January when I was in Ireland but my clumps here are nowhere near producing flowers. Even my viburnum is reluctant to open its buds at the moment.

  6. That first image is excellent, Derrick.
    I love that you captured light and water droplets as well.
    Happy New year!

  7. The “kindergarten mobiles” and the camellia buds were bright spots to treasure. The stunning opening photograph was so detailed!
    I have been experiencing numbing of my fingers so blogging isn’t as pleasant as usual. I don’t I were able to just send .Y telepathic thoughts on the beauty displayed here, it may be so much easier! 🙂 Not that I am complaining. . .

  8. Nearly last sentence was: “If i were able to send my telepathic thoughts. . .” Thanks for sharing your collection of beautiful garden and meant to say, those pesky flies seem to have become quite resistant to the weather changes!

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