How Deep Is the Snow?

After two days of shoveling out a path and another nuisance snow coming tomorrow, that is 1 to 3 inches, I walked where I could in order to gain a perspective of this season’s Nor’easter. 

I also wanted to remember what the gardens looked like two seasons ago and begin dreaming of what they will grow into.

Please, dream with me . . .

Potting Shed in summer
Potting Shed in summer

Potting shed in Winter
Potting Shed in Winter

Bottle Tree
Bottle Tree

Bottle Tree in Winter
Bottle Tree in Winter

Bottle Tree as viewed from the road
Bottle Tree as viewed from the road

Potting Shed garden
Potting Shed Garden

Potting Shed Garden under snow
Potting Shed garden under snow

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Silent World

The gardens grant us peace of mind

Garden bells, a garden gift from a past resident
Garden bells, a garden gift from a past resident

Peace of soul

Looking west toward the sumac patch
Looking west toward the sumac patch

Silent

Terraced gardens behind the home
Terraced gardens behind the home

Silence in an otherwise chaotic life

Smokehouse AKA Potting Shed during the snows of December 10th
Smokehouse AKA Potting Shed during the snows of December 10th

A moment to feel an inner warmth

Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice

The Four Season Garden

Living in Eastern Pennsylvania hardcore gardeners  design their gardens to reflect the best of every season.  If we didn’t, for five months of the year we would need to get our gardening fix through garden shows and seed catalogs.

That being said another snow squall moved through the valley today. So instead of dreaming of green grass and a garden filled with rainbow-colored flowers I enjoyed an early morning walk and returned to six deer crossing the road by my barn. As the snow set in I tried to capture the beauty of the gardens in winter.  I have juxtaposed photos from spring, summer and autumn to share with you the transformative nature of the gardens.  Enjoy!  

Winter Wisdom
Winter Wisdom

Summer Wisdom
Summer Wisdom

Lower garden in winter
Lower gardens in winter

Lower garden in spring
Lower gardens in spring

Azalea in winter
Azalea in winter, north foundation garden

Azalea in spring
Azalea in spring

Mid-level garden in winter looking north to the lower level

Mid-level garden in autumn looking north