Like the ice crystals.
Here it is December, very late fall though not quite winter. It's the latest I've ever done my raking. The freaky Halloween snowstorm this year knocked the fall yard chores off schedule. I'm raking so late this year, in fact, that the ground crunched under my feet, and when I looked down, I saw it was covered with these ice crystals:
There are still more surprises back here. Look at Lonicera Sempervirens Blanche Sandman, for example, still blooming after all this cold:
It's also good to see the other growing things that aren't daunted by the cold. This hellebore, for example, looks leathery-lush. It likes the cold weather. That's why some people call it Lenten Rose or even Christmas Rose:
|This hellebore will make my day this spring because it will be one of the first things to bloom. Meanwhile, its leaves stay richly green all winter.|
|This is how the hellebores will look in the spring. These leathery flowers are long-lasting as a floating centerpiece in a glass bowl.|
|And look at the rich mahogany color of these epimedium sulphureum, draped like a wintery scarf around the base of a mountain laurel.|
|How about the vivid purple of this ajuga Burgundy Glow?! Don't you love plants that keep on giving you color even when the temperatures get down into the 20s?|
|Like the epimedium, this ivy also takes on a rich mahogany cast.|
In other pre-winter garden news, this year we bought a thermostatic heater for the birdbath, which will make it available to the birds all winter long.
|Ladies, does this thermostatic birdbath heater remind you of anything?|
Well, I'm sorry winter is coming. But I'm glad that, until it's covered with snow, my tiny yard can still yield up surprises. I just have to look harder to see them.