A Fresh Look At The Garden

Snow Garden

We were on the outer edge of a large snowstorm that swept through many southern states yesterday. Arriving later than expected, the storm brought merely an inch of dry, powdery snow to my central North Carolina garden—just enough to delight the neighborhood children and this gardener as well.

Northern Border (facing west)

Northern Border (facing west)

This morning I have enjoyed observing the garden in its winter white garb. In particular I have been watching patterns created by the stones and plants in the Meditation Circle, noticing as sunshine touches the snowy paths and fresh shapes emerge.

Snow Garden

Snow Garden

Sun On Snowy Garden

Sun On Snowy Garden

The birds have been busy at the feeders and and on the ground scratching through the snow, but are reluctant to be photographed. They tuck themselves into favorite hiding places to easily outwait the camera. The Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood) is one spot where they are still somewhat visible.

Eastern Towhee in Dogwood

Eastern Towhee in Dogwood

Northern Cardinal in Dogwood

Northern Cardinal in Dogwood

The snow brought a freshness and renewed spirit to the garden.

Snowy Meditation Garden

Snowy Meditation Garden

Meditation Circle In Snow

Meditation Circle In Snow

Meditation Circle

Meditation Circle

16 thoughts on “A Fresh Look At The Garden

  1. Pauline

    It looks so different doesn’t it ? Snow emphasises any definite shapes and makes them stand out. Your meditation circle really stands out, the eye is drawn to it. Stay warm and safe.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The garden had felt so dull lately and the snow gave it a new lease on life. It won’t stick around too long though and that’s good too. Thanks Pauline! susie

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  2. Christina

    The meditation circle looks great in the snow; snow really does help us ‘see’ the bones of the garden and what works and what doesn’t. Enjoy the snow from indoors and keep snug and warm Susie.

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  3. Annette

    Just the right sprinkling to make the garden look pretty and to emphasize form and texture. Do you usually get more snow than that or is this already exceptional?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      We usually get snow once or twice each winter for short periods of time. Extreme cold is keeping it around longer than usual but the weekend will warm up. I like the look of the snow on the garden for this brief time.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It may take another day for the snow to disapper as it is quite cold. Meanwhile, snow around the garden is accenting it in unusual patterns as it recedes.

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  4. garden98110

    These are great and serene views. Especially enjoyable are the suggestions for a considered winter garden scape framing the dogwood. Shadow and highlights give good consideration to the sights and smells pleasing us most in winter meditations. Paperbark, lace leaf or butterfly maple complementing the majesty of the dogwood. From a distance my eye travels to the meditation circle. Then to the dogwood. This is a possible focus for a winter garden. – The Healing Garden gardener

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for the suggestions. I look further into this idea. It may take a couple more years but the 2 ‘Carolina Sapphire’ Arizona Cypresses will fill that back corner and provide a good backdrop for the dogwood. The waiting is part of the meditation aspect of the garden for me.

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  5. garden98110

    Waiting is meditative as well. In the Healing Garden, we require further practice where the imagination meets meditation. Patience is, without doubt, the wiser choice. In the Healing Garden, we wait for many things in the fullness of time. To our embarrassment, the Garden’s voices sometimes fall on deaf ears. “Waiting for the Fullness of Time,” is excellent inspiration for a healing dedication. Thank you. – The Healing Garden gardener

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