The Bones of Winter

woods behind my house

     We've had three light snowfalls here with the fourth one coming today.  But the real story is the bitter cold that has enveloped the mid-Atlantic region the last several days.  It has been in the teens at night and the 20's during the day, but the wind chills have made it feel like it is in the single digits.  I know in the northeast it is even colder.

     The bare trees without their leafy disguise are showing their bones.  I took these photos of the trees around the rental house we are still in.  Several crises have developed during the renovation of the house we bought which pushed our move forward three weeks.  But we are finally moving in one week.  Can't wait.

oak tree

kwanzan cherry tree

magnolia tree with bird

magnolia tree close up

sunset on the woods

     Even though winter is my least favorite season, I am able to find beauty if I look.

Awaiting Spring Blooms


     These three gardens are on the side near the front of the house.  In late November right after we closed on the house, I planted about 50 Dutch Master daffodils in these beds around the rose bushes that are in the center of each garden  I am anxious to see what color/kind of roses are planted here, since they were through blooming when we bought the house.  In about ten weeks I should see the daffodil blooms.

Dutch Master daffodils
front garden
      In this garden along the front of the house I planted St. Patrick's Day daffodils and Delft Blue hyacinths.

St. Patrick's Day daffodils
back yard garden
     In the back yard garden I planted three kinds of daffodils:  Rushlight, Gigantic Star, and Papillon Blanc, as well as Delft Blue hyacinths, crocus and several colors of tulips.

Rushlight daffodils

Gigantic Star daffodils

Papillon Blanc daffodils

     My next post will tell about the tulips I planted.  We are moving in two weeks, and we are still renovating and running boxes over to the new house which is about 4 miles away from the house we are renting.  I will be glad when all this is done and we are moved.  But I can dream about my gardens in the meantime.