Monday, February 6, 2017

The Winter Garden

As we delve deeper into winter I spy this beauty outside my studio window.

The Oakleaf Hydrangea never fails me.  From one season to another it gives me beauty while reminding me of time passing. 

When I took this picture the sun was shining, the air cold (but not freezing) and all was right with the world.  Entering a new year, this beautiful plant reminds me that everything has its season and some are able to remain beautiful throughout all four seasons.

"January is the quietest month in the garden...but just because it looks quiet doesn't mean nothing is happening.  The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall, while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants.  The feasting earth worms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come." - Rosalie Muller Wright, editor of Sunset Magazine 1999


  1. Oh my DEAR!! This is such a nice post to read today! Terry took a pic of me yesterday all hunkered down in my recliner with my foot on a pillow with ice on it. I thought, OMGosh what a HAG. My blond hair seems to have gone away with the anesthesia which happens to me. But then I thought, heck, I'm here and kickin' and will be back to my old self in another month and ain't THAT a beautiful thing.

    Have an awesome day. Rain here today, 50 degrees tomorrow then 25 and snow on Wednesday.
    xx, Carol

  2. Those lovely warm rusty colours shine in the sunlight, don't they!

  3. Oakleaf hydrangeas are beautiful and even in winter, the memory and promise remains.

  4. I've never heard of this oak leaf hydrangea here in NJ, it's lovely! Maybe it's because I have never had luck with hydrangea. I'm thinking they need sun, and we don't have much of that. Our regular hydrangea didn't even get green foliage last year. Speaking of sun, I love the ornament on your fence!

  5. Lovely colours in that hydrangea, I don't seem to be able to grow it. I think it needs cold temperatures. More heat for cast this week.

  6. Isn't it a joy to take such pleasure in leaves, bark, sun? I think, when we can do that-all is right with our little world....

  7. Those warm browns look so alive, yet we think of the plants as 'dead'.



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