Friday, December 11, 2009

Blooming Friday Snow Blossom Walk III


































































It is Blooming Friday and I offer the last of my Snow Blossom Walk. To see other blooms snowy and not visit Katarina's Roses and Stuff. We start out on the North side of the gardens and walk through the middle, stepping past Rock Maple, Apple, Sedum and Hydrangea, pausing to admire Milkweed laden with a heavy snow coat. Our stallion-like Native Cherry stands in the background wearing a thin white blanket. Moving past the old veggie garden and Blue bird house I recall the happy animated times of flashing blue wings coming and going and the fledglings peeping out the perfect round hole . . . their window to this new world. I knew then each had to be piggy backing on the other in order to reach the opening and smiled to think of what they must feel, seeing outside the box for the first time. Just past the bird house, the cut flower beds and where the peonies ran down the hill, we carefully make our way under the old apple tree and down into the blueberry fields. You can see how I was in denial about winter finally finishing off the fall, for my chairs now require digging out before they can be moved into storage. You will see more, but in fairness two days before this, it was 60 degrees and I was cutting down briars and sumac on the hillside. Still no harm done if I hurry, for wood and metal can bear a bit of wet and cold. The photo after the coated chairs and apples, illustrates the northerly sweep of this storm, for all the trunks of trees are blasted white on their north side. The Weeping Cherry wears it well and the white gown reveals a lovely figure. Looking up at the old Rock Maples the sun casts a warm glow, but turning and looking down the hill towards the blueberries and birch it feels colder. A bit further down and looking back up again, the framed landscape holds room for Magnolias, Hydrangea with Apple branching into the picture. Lets walk back up into the sunlight . . .  as we go note the cupcake like rock before a large blueberry bush and a silly shadow saying hi! The sun paints full blue shadows of hydrangea snow blooms too. Walking past the (try not to notice) hammock with its cool comforter and past the Weeping Cherry to its other dry side, we enter the south Tree Swallow's field. An old apple stands atop a rock outcropping like a Bonsai surveying the open field and bird houses. Carey hill looks on from the eastern distance, into a field of silence and perhaps misses, as I do, the fluid flights of the Tree Swallows. I am sure you are weary from this long cold walk, so heading back I will just share the view from under the oldest apple of the gardens, directing your gaze towards the shrubberies and trees all lined in white. The Magnolia stellata shows off her white snow blossoms nearly as lovely as her soft spring blooms and just behind the house lilacs normally purple are all abloom in . . . yes . . . more white. The table and chairs seem so timeless, as to bring to my mind at least, a form of Alice's wonderland and I leave you with my very own Mad Hatter. I hope I have not kept you too long and that you enjoyed the last of my Snow Blossom Walk. 

51 comments:

azplantlady said...

Hi Carol,

Your pictures show how beautiful snow is when it rests on trees and shrubs, at it's best. So beautiful!

Katarina (Roses and stuff) said...

Indeed I did! The snow makes your garden look like a fairy tale - I love the 'forgotten' furniture covered in snow. I would love to walk around, looking at the fantastic shapes of the trees and shrubs. I do wish we'll get some snow this winter...
Enjoy your weekend!
Hugs Katarina

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Well if you have to have snow it might as well be a pretty one at least. Your photos are so pretty with the snow around in your garden. I wouldn't want to doze in your hammock at the moment though ;-) I just love the birdhouse picture and the white bark on the trees and with the snow.
Beautiful pictures.

Eva said...

Katarina is right—your garden does look like a fairy tale. And perhaps new fairy tales are waiting to be written. There were hints of them in your prose. Your writing is so spontaneous and full of life. And your place is filled with little vignettes that could inspire a class in creative writing. Despite all the inspiration that I derive from your postings, I'm still "hung up" on the term "snow blossoms." I love it.

Randi said...

Your hillside paradise is always so beautiful, Carol! And you captured the snowy landscape perfectly. Snow-photos are so difficult to catch.
I wish you a great weekend!

easygardener said...

The landscape looks very beautiful. Generally when I see a hammock I think of the lazy days of summer - but not today :-)
Have a good weekend.

fairegarden said...

I love the chairs, Carol. Too bad you have to bring them in, for they add such nice structure to the winter scene. Love the mad hatter too, and hi to the photographer! Your tree hydrangea always makes me think how I need to work on mine for better pruning. I pollard it each year and the long new branches hang way down with the weight of the heavy large blooms like an umbrella. There is not room in the bed to allow it to be like yours, but there might be middle ground somehow.
Frances

HelenJ said...

Your garden is lovely, the snow makes it so light and pretty. And the sun creates mysterious shades (shadows). I wish we would get some snow here in the South of Sweden too. It's only gray and brown and dark and rainy now...
Have a nice weekend

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It's just beautiful there! I love the term "snow blossom". I can just imagine it in Spring when the birds return and the trees are blooming.

Les said...

Your blues, whites and tawny browns are lovely.

Jacki said...

What a gorgeous spot - it looks so serene. Sometimes the light, the snow and the subject all come together just right http://www.drought-smart-plants.com/xeric-garden-calender-winter.html
like in this picture.

Maria Berg said...

I do hope that we one day will get all that snow as well it is not easy to drive car in but it is so fun to play in the snow.

MB

Kate said...

Quite lovely and serene. Poor chilly sadsack Mad Hatter... :)

debsgarden said...

I very much enjoyed the snow blossom walk. The photos are gorgeous. We hardly ever get any snow where i am, so I admire all the winter wonderland photos from up North. I'm glad I discovered your blog. I look forward to reading more about your lovely garden.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Carol, Your hammock shot is very clever. Actually all of your photos are really beautiful.

Anneke (Mudhooks) said...

Such a beautiful light!

Lillebeth said...

Thank you for a wonderful walk. I really enjoyed your company. A little too cold weather perhaps, but friendship warms you! Och snart har vi vinter här också. På måndag kommer snö och kyla. Jag är inte så förtjust men vänjer mig väl! Och vit jul är vackert. Ha det gott! Kram!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Never too long with these wonderful images...and words! Beautifully captured. I've never equated snow with blossoms but wow, these'blossoms' are gorgeous!!

lareine said...

Thank you for taking me a for a walk in your snow-covered garden! The plants may have lost their leaves and flowers, but the snow replaced them, like powder white confetti. Your garden looks festive as it catches the winter sun's light

Deborah at KIlbourne Grove said...

I love your Mad Hatter, what a gorgeous sculpture.

Mattenylou said...

Oh, thanks for letting me tag along on your walk. Gorgeous photos in a gorgeous location, how fortunate you are! I love the hammock pic and the chairs, too.

Zuzu said...

I enjoyed your photographs and words very much, Carol! I don't want to miss a thing from your lovely blog, so I'm adding it to my blogroll! :)

Have a lovely weekend,
Zuzu

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

The lighting in these photos is just gorgeous, Carol. The subject matter is also wonderful, and I came away from looking at the photos with real tranquility in my heart.
Thanks so much for sharing them.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I neglected to answer your question on my blog, Carol. Yes, that first photo with the poppies is from my garden. I'm quite besotted with poppies of all colours and species. And they free-range everywhere in our garden, so that's a good thing too.

chaiselongue said...

Beautiful snow pictures. I especially like the mix of manmade and nature - the snow hammock, the statue, but it's all beautiful. Too cold for me, though!

Joanne said...

Carol
What a beautiful walk such lovely photos and the sun just shining enough to make it all so magical.

lostlandscape (James) said...

Lovely photos--It's almost enough to make me wish we got snow here in the extreme southwestern corner of the US. To me it looks like you've photographed silence.

Christine B. said...

Thanks for taking me along a virtual tour with you. Love the picture of the statue staring downwards. Representational of how I feel on dark, wintry days (LOL)!

Christine in Alaska

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Beautiful pictures! The snow really makes a winter landscape seem complete!

The Galloping Gardener said...

Wonderful pictures Carol and even makes the snow look quite enticing!

GardenJoy4Me said...

OH Carol ... yur pictures are absolutely beautiful !
What a wonderful place to live and see the sky and land you have there .. I am so jealous girl : ) You are so lucky but I know you you truly appreciate it all as well .. I am in love with your photos : )
Joy

www.hagenpahytta.wordpress.com said...

Oh, your pictures - as well as your surroundings - are beatiful! Almost makes me long for some snow :)
In my part of the world (southern Norway), we have almost 6 dgr.Celsius and SUN today.

ruma2008 said...

Quietness comes to the Far East.

The snowy works of art are dreamy.

Thank you for showing a wonderful moment.

Greetings.

joene said...

Your photos captured the beauty of freshly fallen snow ... and I really like the person and tree shadows resting side-by-side. Taking walks during or after snowfall is one of my favorite things. Our snow in southern CT is not as deep, but is still beautiful.

Annika Christensen said...

Underbart vackert igen!!!
Jag vill också ha snö.
Kan skicka lite till mig?
Hugs
Annika

Rowena... said...

What a tremendous amount of snow! We were hoping that we'd get some today, even if a little bit, but nothing happened. Looking at your images makes me want to pull out the snow shoes and go for a hike -- wonderful images! ps Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment!

Gail said...

Fabulous shots...I love the golden pinkish color that the sky has in late afternoons just as it is moving toward a sunset. I can almost smell the crisp cold air. gail

Karen said...

All lovely, and almost making me wish it would snow here in Seattle (although not when I have to drive, they don't clear the streets!). Favorites include the white-on-white of the snowy birches and the little "hats" on the pussy willows. Gorgeous!

Tammie Lee said...

our worlds look very similar, but you have the perfect light. Beautiful captures!

Ruben said...

I´ve been looking at your fantastic photos for a long time now. So beautiful with snow. You seem to have all in your paradise!! /Ruben

Ida said...

Wonderful series from Winter Wonderland. I hope for a white Christmas...

Thank you for your kind words.
I appreciate it! :))

Have a great week! :)

lotusleaf said...

Brrr..What a lovely walk! To see so much snow, I'll have to go to the Himalayas. Good to know it is snowing in some parts of the world.

Kathleen said...

Hi Carol. Your photos speak to the beauty of winter that I often forget. Your garden looks so pretty under its blanket of white. Something about that photo of the chairs in the snow, I really like plus the blue bird houses. I can just imagine them occupied and that makes me happy. Thanks for leaving me a comment so I could find your blog.

Gela said...

Thank you for visiting my page so I can find yours. I love your pictures. Have a nice day/Gela

Roses and Lilacs said...

Lovely photos. The world is always more beautiful when it is covered in clean, white snow.

We are still buried under last Wednesday's snowfall. It's so foggy this morning, driving to work was a challenge.
Marnie

Jennifer Tidwell said...

I think snow is beautiful, but only from a distance. Luckily I live in a part of the country that only gets a light dusting of snow every winter. Gorgeous pictures!

Autumn Belle said...

The scenery here is splendid, a piece of paradise. What I have always imagine winter to look like.

sequoiagardens said...

For someone who has only ever seen snow four times in over 50 years and never on my own garden, I can not begin to describe how magical I found the walk. Thank you, Carol! Jack

GardenAuthor said...

Stunning photography... I enjoyed my peaceful, contemplative first visit. We, too, enjoyed recent snow and I never tire of the winter views. Thanks, Carol, for your recent visit!

Deb

Sunita said...

This is such a fabulous post! I love snow (or rather, the picture of snow). The only time I've seen it here in India was up in the Himalayas and I was shocked to realise how cold it is. I think I had this stupid idea that I could enjoy snow while my body was still warm with our usual temperatures of 80*F and up!
But I love your photos ... absolutely gorgeous!Especially that photo of the snow covered hammock. What a contrast in ideas! :)

Carol said...

I feel so happy from all your visits and words of support! Thank you so much! Carol

Related Posts with Thumbnails