Friday, February 15, 2013

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day February 2013

February Garden

Welcome to my February garden.  Well it has certainly been an interesting winter with temperatures ranging from in the 50's one week then into the single digits the next.   Right now Long Island is buried under a blanket of heavy snow that has graced our landscape from the great blizzard Nemo of February 8th-9th 2013.  We had 19.8 inches here in Sayville and some other areas on the Island had up to 3 feet...oh my.   Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens it is time for another walk in the garden.  When I heard the blizzard was on its way I quickly ventured out into the garden to get some photographs. Come along for a tour of my February garden. 

 'Skylands' Oriental Spruce, Dwarf Fountain Grass and Juniper 'Lime Glow' with Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar in the Backdrop

 It all began a few days ago when the garden was starting to look a little more like spring was on the way.  After all, the groundhog did not see its shadow and the little coating of snow we did have was all melted!   

 'Skylands' Oriental Spruce, Hinoki Cypress 'Aurea Nana' and Barberry 'Royal Burgundy'

The reddish-pink hue on the bark of the Coral Bark Maple was glowing in the backdrop of the Oriental Spruce and Hinoki Cypress and the Barberry was showing its small red berries. 
 Red Cutleaf Weeping Japanese Maple

I tried out the new Nikon camera with a close up of the Japanese Maple's twisted trunk and was quite pleased with the clarity of the close-up.  I love these beautiful and graceful trees in the landscape and enjoy their interesting structure even more so in winter.

 Nandina domestica Winter Berries

Here is Nandina domestica which is always a pleasure during the coldest days of winter with its bright red berries.  

Sedum 'Brilliant' New Growth
  Signs of spring....the Sedum 'Brilliant' is starting to show its new little buds...

   Barberry 'Rosy Glow', Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Chamaecyparis 'Gold Mop',  Arborvitae 'Emerald Green' (right) and Western Arborvitae 'Virescens' (left) with Dwarf Buddleia in front

and it almost looks like the Barberry is showing a reddish hue, perhaps from tiny new buds forming.

Heuchera 'Caramel'

And within a matter of hours the snow started coming down and gently landing on the garden.  

 Weeping White Pine, 'Yaku Jima' Maiden Grass, Golden Hinoki Cypress and 'Montgomery' Globe Blue Spruce

By evening the flakes got larger and soon everything was covered in snow. 

 'Montgomery' Globe Blue Spruce (Grafted)

So much for signs of spring.  We are now a winter wonderland for a while and the landscape is covered in a blanket of pure white.
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and Barberry 'Rosy Glow' Snow Covered 

I do love the look of the winter's snow on the peaceful and serene. 
 Weeping Pussy Willow

 More snow is on the way tonight.
Garden Gal...Always Smiling!
Maybe we will have to wait just a little bit longer for spring and enjoy the scenery for now.  Be sure to visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens and take a look at what other gardeners have blooming in their gardens.

As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2013. All rights reserved


  1. Oh what a winter wonderland. I really liked the maple with it's twisted stems. How many years Lee would it take to train a maple to do this?

    Happy Bloom Day

  2. I enjoyed seeing your snowy garden!
    We've had a combination of warmer temperatures and rain that brought some buds into bloom, but the forecast for Saturday is temperatures well below freezing and snow mixed with rain!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  3. The weather here in TN has been really fluctuating too. So interesting to see your pictures of spring type weather, then everything covered in snow! I always like seeing your Garden Gal!

  4. Rosie-the Japanese Maple was planted in 1990 at three feet tall so it would be 23 Plus years that I have had it. I selectively prune it each year to keep its shape and to expose the trunk. Thank you for stopping by and a Happy GBBD! Lea and Christy-thanks so much for visiting as well. Garden Gal is kind of a trademark around here. She watches over the garden and welcomes each season!(and is always smiling!)

  5. What a beautiful set of pictures. Postcard Perfect!

  6. Thank you for the inspiration Angie. I am learning the new camera and working on improving my photography skills so I appreciate your kind comments!

  7. I am jealous of anyone who can grow 'Skylands'. Happy GBBD!

  8. Les-it is one of my favorite trees. I planted this one five years ago and it seems to like its spot. I guess the climate is a little too warm where you are for Skylands...but you can grow some pretty interesting plants there. Happy GBBD!

  9. Winter really hurts my garden. Good thing there are tons of advices and tips in the net that you can follow so that your garden is still good in winter.

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