Sunday, 19 January 2020

Feathery to Absolute Freezing

These pictures were a couple of weeks ago but even after all the weather alerts it is some what the same today with a pinch more snow.
Last weekend we had 6 inches of rain fall in less than 24 hours .. it went up to 11 degrees.. it was madness, we have never seen weather like that before.
Then it froze, and went to -20 with a wind chill of -27 Friday morning , talk about a chilling affect !
This snow was so feathery it looked unreal at times.
It looked like artificial snow that they blow on movie sets in fact.
One of my Japanese maples refused to drop it leaves .. can't blame it !
I needed something with living colour desperately, thus the Costco purchase.
Living, breathing bulbs in this special vase.
The soft yellow was my favorite .. when we bought it, none of the flowers were blooming.
So they really came alive in my kitchen, how perfect is that !
The first post of the new year is always a bit tricky, but there it is.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Nature's Poke

December isn't quite December any more .. but then what month or season is ?
We had what might have been a quaint picturesque Christmas scene for a few days
Ergo this back garden view .. a little dusting of snow.
Then things got ugly yesterday .. or the night before yesterday with weather warnings of an impending show down with mother nature's tantrum.
Freezing rain alert ... and THAT makes everyone nervous here ever since the 1998 ice storm.
We were living in Holland at the time but we saw the aftermath when we moved back here.
So seeing a little taste of it yesterday was not a good thing .. power flickered out .. loss of internet and cable TV (annoyed Garden PA .. he actually tidied up his tool shelf because he had nothing to do !)
So this is what it looked like

Amazing how each little bit is so evenly coated right ?
A tangled mass of branches with some old leaves caught up in the chaos, frozen temporarily in time.
But since the temps hovered at 2 , it melted .. thankfully .. until the next "poke" !

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Last Jewels of the Garden

Toad-lily is an Autumn jewel in my garden .. it reminds me of an incredibly durable orchid.
It survives our winters .. our hot humid summers .. our in-between weather that makes you wonder what will happen next.
It looks so intricate and delicate , your eyes can't help but be drawn in, to study the form it takes.
Least of all those hairy , spiny options that also makes them look like a plant in the "Little Shop of Horrors" .. maybe it wants to bite you while you get that close ?
These pictures are shot in natural light and it seems to enhance a glow the flowers seem to have from within.
These shots are taken with a flash because this part of my garden is in deeper shade and timing for enough natural light is difficult, and it lasts literally minutes.
Can you notice the water droplets ?  the morning sprinklers had gone off and left them with "tears".
Other jewels are the berries from my Variegated Porcelain Berry Vine.
The colours run rampant from very pale blue with freckles , deep blue, and finally purple.
The deep blue is an amazing foil against the green of the foliage.
I also think of "future jewels with benefits".
Iris pumila "Cherry Garden" was a new addition this Spring.
The foliage stays fresh all season along side this amazing also new heuchera "Northern Exposure Amber"  I am definitively getting more of these !! , plus Blue Mouse Ears hosta and sedum.
This is like money in the bank, with the hope the iris flowers will look gorgeous in the Spring.
Little Lamb is on her last legs of looking so darn "pretty in pink".
Her foliage is finally taking hits from the cold nights .. so the flowers will soon turn more brown than pink, sooner rather than later.
Ok .. technically ? these jewels are water droplets caught in a spider's web.
They still wowed me all the same .. especially the bottom ones that absolutely glistened like diamonds.
A jewel of another kind is the tenacity of a rouge Japanese Painted Fern that decided it was going to not only exist, but thrive in one very difficult situation "between a rock and a hard place"?
This hydrangea standard, "Pink Diamond" the name is rather fitting .. was a meeting place of jewels from the insect world .. It became a Monarch Butterfly Magnet !
I will never forget how many I saw enjoy the nectar alongside the hundreds of other pollinators.
It was the highlight of my garden year.
A few shots of the last days of glory for the back garden before I started my cutback and clean up for the winter.
I'm thrilled to see moss grow between the flagstone path.
A visual slice of garden pie, coming out of the ally way, to the back garden.
I've had some wonderful chances for great moon shots.
One very colourful morning by sheer luck, right place at the right time !
One very windy, dark, "Halloweeny" type night with leaves silhouetted, against the great shining orb.
Last night's shot of the moon while hanging out my bedroom window.
Don't ask, it's better not to know.
Thankfully for the neighborhood ? no one had to see me do those gymnastics !