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A Study in Silver – Iced Birch on Wordless Wednesday

A study in silver - ice encrusted birch

A study in silver – ice encrusted birch

Poetry doesn’t have much good to say about ice – but here it creates a study in silver. I am glad to sit by the cheerful fire and admire the  beauty of the ice through the window.

Icy landscape

Icy landscape

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Cultivating Garden Style

Cultivating Garden Style

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Cultivating Garden Style - one of my favorite gardens.

Cultivating Garden Style – one of my favorite gardens.

Stone, Water, Earth and Sky – A Woodland Walk

Moss on the Piazza

Moss on the Piazza

The moss on the piazza in front of  the house begins to turn lush and green as we begin the walk into winter. I  went on a woodland walk  to see if I could find any more moss to photograph, but I found much more.

Moss on the roadside

Moss on the roadside

I found moss on one side of the road

Moss

Moss

and on the other, wetter, side of the road.

Moss on log

Moss on log

I found moss on a rotting log,

Rivulet

Rivulet

I also saw a rivulet running cheerfully through the woods,

Old stone wall

Old stone wall

and old stone walls meander through the woods, marking forgotten fields.

Stones

Stones

Stones made a complicated pattern.

Lichens on a tree

Lichens on a tree

Lichens made patterns on the tree bark..

Sun shining through the evergreen woods

Sun shining through the evergreen woods

Sun shone through the evergreens

Woodland Sky

Woodland Sky

and turned the sky blue behind the birches. Stone, water, earth and sky.

This was my woodland walk in Heath on Wordless Wednesday. For more click here.

Cold and Ice on Wordless Wednesday

View from the Bedroom Window  November 17, 2014

View from the Bedroom Window November 17, 2014

By the time we had ice on the trees and landscape we had already had our first snowfall – one and a half inches of the white stuff. But that weather all felt like a heat wave. This morning the temperature was a record breaking 16 degrees! AND the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a  much colder winter in our part of the world!  The firewood is almost all stacked.

For more (almost) Wordlessness this Wednesday click here.

Surprises on Wordless Wednesday

Forgotten pansies

Forgotten pansies

This pot of pansies was all but forgotten until the sun shone on it this afternoon.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

This large clump of chrysanthemums is still blooming so energetically that it refuses to be forgotten.

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The View from the Bedroom Window

View from the bedroom window 2-9-14

This view from the bedroom window, taken on Sunday has not changed much in the last few days. Temperatures have stayed very cold;  minus 2 degrees this morning. Occasional snow showers and the frigid temperatures have kept the snow pristine and amazingly sparkly. Big storm predicted for tomorrow. We’ll be prepared, but we’ll see.

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Slow But Sure Progress in the Garden

Daylily Bank 2009

Slow but sure is the gardener’s motto when plants first go in. This is the beginning of the Daylily Bank in the Spring of 2009. We decided on this  solution to a bank that was hard to mow.

Daylily Bank 2013

At my time of life five years pass in the blink of an eye. This succeeded beyond my dreams, with daylilies added row by row for four years.

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Christmas Trees Thirty Times Over

Fruit ornaments on Christmas tree

Christmas trees were the hit of the Christmas party held by the Greenfield Garden Club.  We have the best meetings and parties! Our hostess has dozens (I lost track) of themed Christmas trees as well as the big gorgeous fabulously ornamented tree in the living room. I cannot show them all here.

Teddy bear Christmas tree

Christmas shoe tree

A shoe tree!

A quilting Christmas Tree

Our hostess is a mistress of every type of needlework including quilting.

Feather Christmas tree

Admittedly a faux feather tree, but a style all its own.

Christmas bird tree

When I saw a version of this tree many years ago, I was inspired to create my own bird garland.

My bird garland

This garland tops our 8 foot window wall.

View from the bedroom 12-17-13

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! It’s almost Christmas.

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Tea Party in the Garden on Wordless Wednesday

Tea Party in the Garden

Behold this Tea Party in the Garden. My husband has been taking a drawing class at Greenfield Community College this semester, a gift to himself to celebrate his semi-retirement.  I have occasionally given him a hard time, but he holds no grudge and painted my fantasy of a Garden Tea Party. Not quite finished yet.

Camellia chinensis

Of course, before there is a tea party there must be tea, which begins  with the tea plant Camellia chinensis. Pastels, both. He’s been doing tea and tea cups every which way, some of which I never dreamed of. Great fun.

For more (almost) Wordlessness this Wednesday click here.

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View from the Bedroom – November 2013

 

November 2, 2013

The View from the Bedroom is a new attempt to capture the passing of the seasons.

November 9, 2013

November 24, 2013

Another dusting of snow which will disappear quickly.

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The Weather Outside is Frightful

Succulents in a trough

The weather outside is frightful 29 degrees, breeze and clouds.

Firewood

Have to get the firewood in out of the snow.

Birch

The birch is weeping golden tears.

Holly

The holly  with its scarlet berries doesn’t mind the wind and snow.

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