Saturday, February 15, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up February 2014: Snow…What’s up?

I haven’t heard this sound in a long time.  In the stillness of the landscape there is a crackling sound of branches as ice falls from them.  Several storms have passed and at the present time we just endured our sixth snowfall of the season. It is time for another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up, and while not much is blooming this time of year, the garden is full of hope…well maybe.  I know all of the cold climate folks are getting a bit stir crazy and have seen way too many snow photos…but prepare yourself...there are more in the near future. I am also celebrating A Guide to Northeastern Gardening's Fourth Anniversary on the 17th. so I included some macros taken with the new lens. Come take a look at the garden in winter.  
   Hydrangea 'Endless Summer' Flower Seed Head
'Nellie Stevens' Holly Berries
Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' Seed Head
Western Arborvitae and Spreading Yew
Picea orientalis 'Skylands'
Acer Palmatum Sango Kaku 
(Coral Bark Maple)
Ice Bubbles in Birdbath
Gardens & Rock Waterfall in Winter Mode

Picea pungens 'Montgomery' Foliage


'Skylands' Spruce, Barberry and Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
Garden Under Blanket of Snow
I know this is not the traditional post and I am counting on our warm climate bloggers to chime in and show off some blooms. After all...isn't that what Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is all about?   Carol at May Dreams Gardens had a good idea with this meme.  We can  experience blooms every month no matter what the time of year.  Also thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-UpWhile there aren't any blooms in the garden right now I can focus on foliage and buds which are a hopeful sign.   Maybe next month will be more promising!  Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up!

And As Always...Happy Gardening!


Author: Lee@ A Guide to Northeastern Gardening.  All rights reserved 2014.


42 comments:

  1. You have a beautiful winter garden. I am jealous of your Blue Atlas Weeping Cedar. Too cold for it here in Wisconsin.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting Linda! You must be having a snowy winter there too. I enjoyed your orchids...beautiful!

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  2. Great photos!
    I especially like the last one
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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    1. Thank you Lea. I couldn't resist getting that photograph when I saw my garden gal and boy looked like they were wearing fur hats on their heads! Happy Bloom Day!

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  3. I thought maybe that weeping conifer was a hemlock - and I thought how nice it would be if my weeping hemlock ever gained any height. Mine is sort of a creeping hemlock, all but covered by our heavy snowfalls. Beautiful photographs!

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    1. Mine is a Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar. Weeping Hemlocks tend to be lower to the ground but I have seen some taller ones. It depends of the height of the grafted piece but yours can sprout some higher branches over time. I saw your winter scenes and they are looking beautiful. Thank you for visiting Pat!

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  4. Lovely winter photos Lee, it looks so serene. I hope winter isn’t going to stay for too long with you, not after the extreme weather you have been experiencing so far – let’s hope for a swift and warm spring! Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thanks so much Helene! The snow is serene but I am hoping for a bit of a thaw. I have been reading about the horrendous weather you are having there but your rain is bringing new growth and flowers which are inspiring. I knew we could count on you for some blooms! Happy GBBD!

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  5. Thanks for coming by my blog to get a preview of coming attractions. Spring is moving slowly north.
    I skimmed through your blog and caught sight of 'Sammy Russell' daylily in a couple of spots. I first met Sammy when he was mislabeled as the more-desirable-to-most Ed Murray. He remained in my garden as a favorite for many years now, a tough little landscape red that blooms well.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jean. 'Sammy Russel' is a nice plant. It provides good color in the middle to late portion of the summer. It was a welcomed site seeing things a little more spring-like by you. Your are correct...the season change is slowly moving north!

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  6. You make a very tough winter look oh so beautiful.
    I was actually noticing today, that our very large Endless Summer hydrangea is completely covered. Not a seed head to be found.

    I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Lee.

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa. That is a compliment coming from you! I am trying to learn from the best. We have snow coming down again as I write this...another snowy evening. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. You may not have blooms, but you have shared beautiful images of winter in the garden, Lee. Thank you and Happy GBBD.

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    1. I so appreciate your sweet words Marisa and thank you for visiting. Your kind words along with your beautiful tropical blooms warmed my heart. Happy Bloom Day and weekend!

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  8. This all looks very icy and cold but so beautiful! Last romantic couple covered with a 'warm' blanket of snow looks so pretty.

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    1. Thank you Janneke. It is so cold and icy but it looks like we are going to get a little bit of a reprieve this upcoming week with temperatures finally above freezing! I enjoyed your wonderful post and story this morning along with a cup of tea...so warming!

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  9. I don't care that its not a traditional post Lee - I loved it! Whilst its nice to have snow is great to see the back of it too. I hope you get the predicted let up this week.

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    1. You're the best Angie. Thank you for your nice comment! I am hoping for some blooms next month so keep your fingers crossed! :)

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  10. I loved all your photos Lee! Just beautiful! Spring is just around the corner, and every snowfall we have now brings with it a heavenly landscape and whitewashes us in its serenity.

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    1. Thank you Susan. I love how you described the white landscape. Even with all this bad weather I would be disappointed if we had a winter without snow to admire and photograph. Thanks for putting things into perspective!

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  11. That all looks very cold! I like the ice bubbles in the bird bath. And your pictures are a good reminder of how important foliage is! Thanks for sharing...

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    1. Thank you Renee. I was trying out my new macro lens with the bubbles and haven't seen this kind of ice in a while so it was a good opportunity to do some photography. We need lots of foliage up here in the northeast when everything else is dormant so I focus quite a bit on the evergreens. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  12. Some nice shots. It hasn't snowed yet here in England.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment Andrew. You are fortunate. It has been snowing every couple of days here but it does make for some good photography. I am looking forward to spring blooms though! Have a great day. :)

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  13. Stunning! Your garden is quite lovely wearing its cap of snow. Thanks for joining in Foliage Follow-Up, and happy blogiversary too!

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    1. Thanks Pam! Soon there will be more foliage as the snow melts!

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  14. Very creative, Lee! If things are not in bloom yet, why not show them with the snow on top? Excellent idea.

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    1. Well...if you can't beat them...join them!!! It's the latest trend of snow covered blooms! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Astrid.

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  15. Maybe it's not the traditional post, but it was very lovely!! (HOW do you get frozen bubbles in your bird bath?) My birdbath is heated... and I actually see steam these days!! Thanks for your recent visit! SG

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    1. Thank you for visiting. The temperatures plummeted so quickly that air bubbles got trapped under the ice and it made for the perfect macro moment with my new lens! Luckily the birds could still get to the water trapped underneath. It is now finally starting to thaw out around here.

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  16. Hi Lee, you took some lovely winter photos with your new lens, many showing the pure magic of winter. May I ask what lens you are using? Congratulations to your fourth blog anniversary! Four years of blogging that is quite an acomplishment! Wishing you a nice rest of the week!
    Christina

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    1. Hi Christina. Thanks so much for dropping by and making my day with your lovely comment! I am using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens. I just got it this winter and am already amazed with its capabilities. Spring can't get here fast enough when I can photograph flowers real close up. Also thanks for the anniversary congrats. Have a great rest of the week!

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  17. There is just too much beauty in winter to be miserable!! Gorgeous images, I always save a few hydrangea blooms on the bushes outside. They always looked beautiful dusted with snow!!

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie! We are actually going through a thaw right now but there is still lots of snow on the ground. It was so warm today (in the mid-40's) that it felt like a touch of spring so I got to out into the garden! :)

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  18. Happy fourth anniversary! I seem to be finding that many people struggle with continuing to blog at the four year point. They get worn out or something. Goodness knows it is fun, but also a lot of work. I guess I am a bit spooked as I too am approaching the four year point and am wondering about the future.
    We too have snow in abundance although today it is complicated by a freak rain storm. Happy GBBD! May spring be just around the corner!!

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    1. Hi Jennifer. Thanks for visiting and for the anniversary wishes! I didn't think I'd ever be happy to see rain but it has been raining on and off for the past few days and it is better than snow coming down so I'm happy! I see spring in the future. Happy GBBD!

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  19. Congratulations on four years in the blogosphere! That is a real accomplishment! Your snow photos are wonderful. You have had four more snowfalls than we have had, and obviously your snowfalls are of much greater substance! Your landscape is my idea of a winter wonderland. So beautiful! You have some great subjects for your new lens. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks so much! We have gotten a tremendous amount of snowfall this year...way above the norm. After some thawing we can actually see green grass and the start of hyacinths which is so exciting! Spring is on its way soon! :)

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  20. What a lovely winter wonderland though I'm sure you'll be so glad when the thaw finally arrives. Congrats on your 4th blog anniversary too :)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. I can't wait until spring finally arrives and things start to bloom around here. I am enjoying your lovely blooms in the meantime!

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  21. Not such a thing as a bloom here, lol..indoors or out. But it will happen. What lens did you get?

    Jen

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    1. Hi Jen. It is the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens. I am looking forward to using it in the spring! Speaking of spring....it is snowing again!

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