One week away from the official start of winter the days have been blustery and cold with temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s and it is time for the garden to gradually go to sleep. It was a good season with lots of blooms followed by a beautiful and rather mild fall and now the snow has arrived with more on the way. There are gentle reminders of blooms from a summer gone by with signs of what is to come in the next season. Come take a stroll with me in my December garden…better bundle up…it’s cold outside!
|Barberry Royal Burgundy Berries December|
Since the winter is almost here and blooms are done for the season it is a time to focus on the structure and detail in the garden. I like to incorporate whatever color I can such as barberry which displays bright red berries that show up nicely in December and throughout the rest of the season. We're getting a real close up here!
|Garden Bear! (With fresh greens)|
Here is "bear" who I purchased a couple of seasons ago and he is sporting his freshly cut greens at the door entry for visitors to see.
|Picea pungens Globosa (Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce)|
One of my favorite evergreens in the garden is globe blue spruce for its bright blue foliage. I also enjoy it for the bottle-brush like structure of its needles.
The ornamental grasses are asleep for the winter. When photographing the plumes they appear to be black and white with the lighting (no photo editing here)!
This is the first winter season for my new Nandina domestica which replaced the previous plants lost during construction. They are producing their winter berries nicely.
This is giving a little bit of a different take on things. We are getting a glimpse of this Japanese Iris seed head looking down from above and photographing it macro style. In an attempt of getting more creative with the various lenses I am striving to capture the intricacy of nature's artwork.
The seed heads are still visible on the Sedum 'Brilliant'...
The Yaku Jima ornamental grasses by the pool are now dormant but still displaying their plumes...
|Dwarf 'Hameln' Fountain Grass December|
|Nandina domestica Berries December|
|Japanese Iris Seed Pod Macro Shot|
Here is a little more macro-mania with a close up and personal with Garden Gal!
|Picea pungens 'Skylands' (Skylands Golden Oriental Spruce)|
I purchased this Skylands Oriental Spruce in 2008 when it was six feet high and it has doubled in size, just about reaching maturity. It is one of my favorite pieces in the garden. You have probably seen the full tree in previous walks and since the focus here is on detail let us look at it real close up!
|Weeping Japanese Maple|
The foliage of the weeping Japanese Maple is just about all fallen so you can see the structure of the twisted trunk beneath the canopy.
|Magnolia 'Royal Star' Buds|
While leaves have fallen all throughout the garden there are already sings of what is to come next spring. Buds are starting to form on the Star Magnolia...
|Magnolia 'Royal Star' Buds|
and will continue to enlarge as the season goes on. I hope there isn't too much in the way of a deep freeze that could do damage to next year's blooms.
|Sedum 'Brilliant' December Seed Heads|
|Sedum 'Aurea' December|
and the Sedum 'Aurea' tucked in between the crevices of the waterfall will stay semi-evergreen throughout the winter.
|Heucherella 'Buttered Rum' December|
Welcome to Heucherella 'Buttered Rum', the newest addition to the garden at the end of the summer. 'Buttered Rum' is a new hybrid combination of a Heucherra and Tiarella and turns this deep burgundy-red in winter. It is also supposed to be an evergreen!
|Yaku Jima Dwarf Maiden Grass (6-7')|
and there is a definite chill in the air as we come to the end of our walk.
|Here Comes the Snow!|
I hope you enjoyed the walk through my December garden. Please visit our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-Up. I am also linking up with Creative Country Mom's Home Sweet Garden Party, Today's Flowers, Floral Fridays, Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart Macro and Macro Monday 2. Thank you so much for visiting and if you leave a note I will know you dropped by to say hello and I will be sure to visit you as well!
As Always...Happy Gardening!
Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2014. All rights reserved