Thursday, January 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up January 2015-Winter Color and Structure


The first two weeks of 2015 have proven to be a cold ones with temperatures plummeting into the single digits and chill factors below zero.  We got our first light dusting of snow (about an inch or two) on the 6th and again on the 9th. and it is definitely looking and feeling a lot like winter.  There is not much going on in the garden at this time of year but it is time for another Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up so I venture once again into the garden with camera in hand. While this is not your traditional bloom day post, with the lack of blooms I needed to concentrate on foliage color and structure. It's cold outside so I am using the telephoto for this month to get some winter scenes from my Long Island garden. Come join me for a visit!

Skylands Oriental Spruce
Ice on Globe Blue Spruce
Nandina domestica Berries
Crape Myrtle Winter Bark
Mugo Pine in Snow
Juniperus Gold Lace Foliage in Winter
Nellie Stevens Holly Berry in Winter
Dwarf Cryptomeria
Barberry 'Royal Burgundy' Winter
Skylands Oriental Spruce
Winter Poolscape
Coral Bark Maple Sango Kaku Winter Bark
Snow Covered Blue Spruce

I hope you enjoyed the walk through my snowy January garden. Since the cold is going to be around for a while I am relying on our other garden bloggers for some needed blooms...along with some nice winter scenes of course! Please visit our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-Up for more garden monthly reviews.  I am also linking up with Mosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart MacroMacro Monday 2 and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods. 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 2015. All rights reserved.


26 comments:

  1. Such color and beauty - even without blooms. I enjoyed my walk through your garden. Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. Thank you Dorothy and Happy Bloom Day! I enjoyed seeing flowers still remaining in your winter garden!

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  2. Lovely photos!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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    1. Hi Lea. I enjoyed your Hellebore buds during these cold winter temperatures. Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words Julie. I am really enjoying your photographs of the birds. You have captured them beautifully!

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  4. Lovely to see your winter garden, red berries are such a treat in the deep of winter, over here the birds have picked every single one on the huge holly on the wall, but they don’t touch the red berries on the skimmia. Wonder if they don’t taste good, I always thought red berries were the most sought of by birds but they never take the skimmia berries.
    Happy GBBD!

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    1. Hi Helene. Interesting that you should mention that. I have read that birds only eat the berries that they know are good for them and there are mixed reviews on Skimmia berries as to whether they are healthy or mildly toxic. The birds will actually know which ones to eat or not eat. I know they love the berries off my Nellie Stevens Holly!

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  5. Still lots of colour, Lee, despite lack of blooms, and the structure of gardens really stand out at this time of year don't they, making you notice the shape of things all the more

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    1. Thank you Cathy and I enjoyed seeing your lovely blooms in January! I often find myself gazing out the window at the gardens in wintertime and planning based on the structure. We had some mild weather all the way through December so I actually moved some Lamb's Ear along my perennial border to make the bed look more balanced...so I enjoy the change of seasons!

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  6. Loved all the colors in your winter garden, Lee. The photos were beautiful. I especially loved the ice on the Globe Blue Spruce and the snow on the mugo pine. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Susan! We had a brief snow and freeze...just enough to run out and get some winter photos. Ten degrees outside and out there with a camera..anything for Bloom Day!

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  7. A wonderful series of photos! All these colors ... wonderful!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the photos Mary. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment!

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  8. I adore your winter garden photos!!! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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  9. Lots of colour and texture in your winter garden. I like the coral bark maple and crape myrtle bark for interest.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Lee.

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    1. Hi Judith. Thank you for hosting! The Coral Bark Maple is getting redder in color as the winter progresses. It actually glows pink with the snow on it.

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  10. Welcome to Nature Notes..I took some time and read about you and your blog and really enjoyed all the information that you have here. I am a novice gardener and am trying to learn. Oh if only I had done it while I had young knees.. I enjoyed your photos. I haven't had my camera out in a couple of weeks as it is so cold here in western NY... Michelle

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle. I try to make my posts as informative as possible so it is wonderful to hear that you are finding them useful. I am glad to have found you and will enjoy visiting your blog! Happy Gardening!

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  11. Your winter garden photos are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you. I enjoyed your frosty winter photos. With a blizzard on the way there should be more of those in the near future!

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  12. I just loved all your winter photos. Such scenes are never going to be a part of my experience here. I don't really like the sound of your temps though. That would be absolutely freezing for me!

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    1. I will take your temperatures over ours right now and I will always admire all of your beautiful tropical foliage!

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  13. Despite the lack of blooms, you found lots of color and texture. Our winter here on the Texas Gulf Coast this year is mostly gray and overcast. We have had lots of rain this winter which is very good because the previous few years have been drought years. So I can't complain about the gray rainy days! Love your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much Florence! I am longing for spring right now with all the cold weather, but the days are finally getting longer and soon bulbs will start to sprout. I am glad you are getting your well needed rain instead of the drought like last year. Just think...it will help the flowers grow!

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