It was a frosty and foggy morning. The garden was particularly fetching in glittery sparkles. There was winter interest.
Winter interest can be defined as anything that pleases the eye, be it colorful foliage, interesting shapes and textures or good tonal contrast in the garden and beyond.
In its fourth year now, the Fairegarden is maturing. Nearly constant tweaking, trimming, moving and rethinking has been ongoing whilst the plants have been steadily growing on.
The lawn/,meadow is filling in with self sown volunteers and a variety of small trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers that are sorting themselves out. I step in when necessary to edit, but leave it be to see what develops.
Salix brizensis is coppiced yearly to provide long spindly twigs that wave in the westerly winds. Winter is their season to shine.
Winterberry hollies, Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Gold’ and I. ‘Winter Red’ offer not only visual interest but also food for hungry birds.
The mix of red and gold berries shows up better than the gold alone, although those are still fabulous.
The carnivorous bog garden has filled in nicely. These pitcher plants, various Sarracenia sp. are winter hardy and will be cut down in late winter for fresh new growth. They remain colorful well into the new year.
Concrete projects from years gone by are solid soldiers and rearranged on the regular. Glass art also is shifted from site to site until it finds its niche.
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’, on the left seems happy. The same cannot be said for the H. macrophyllas on the right. They have gotten zapped by late cold snaps every year. Maybe 2019 will break the non-blooming streak. The stems are still shapely and contrast well with the lighter browns and tans of this shady bed.
Frozen figs hang like ornaments.
The fog is lifting now.
The door of a new day opens, with a promise of good things to come.
May the days be filled with love and joy for you, dear readers, as the end of 2018 nears and let their be hope for the future for us all.