Welcome to my December Long Island garden. December came in like a lamb with mild temperatures in the 50's and suddenly turned overnight to daytime highs in the upper 30's to low 40's with a chill in the air. Sweatshirt hoodies became winter coats and gardening outdoors became gardening indoors. A feeling of spring became thoughts of winter and the holiday season began. Then came a return of spring with 59 degrees with snow now in the forecast! I still venture outside to walk in the garden and will bravely continue to do so even as the temperatures fall, since being a gardener is what brings me joy. Come along on a virtual tour to see what I love most, no matter what the season!
|Hellebore 'Shooting Star'|
|Front Island Bed|
In the front island beds, the perennials have died back for the season, but the structure remains. Here is Osmanthus (False Holly) in front of Weeping Norway Spruce. In the backdrop is Weeping Japanese Maple 'Viridis' and Blue Atlas Cedar.
|Winter Structure: Weeping Japanese Maple|
Underneath the leaves, there is structure, and it is even more beautiful this time of year.
Here is Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar in front of Skyland's Golden Oriental Spruce in the driveway border. You can see the red stems of Coral Bark Maple 'Sango Kaku' to the far left. There is a little remaining bird's nest up there too if you look closely!
|Back Island Bed|
In the back island bed is Crape Myrtle (far left) with Hinoki Cypress and Mugo Pine. Coral Bells and Weigela are asleep for the season!
|Blue Atlas Cedar Seed Cones|
I always love seeing the seed cones on evergreens. Here they are forming on the Blue Atlas Cedar.
|Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima'|
Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima' plumes add interest to the garden this time of year.
|Nellie Steven's Holly Berries|
Birds love berries and I enjoy them too. Nellie Steven's Holly never disappoints!
Pieris 'Cavatine' has something to offer in all seasons. Even its seed heads are attractive in December.
|Crape Myrtle and Juniper 'Gold Lace'|
Bark becomes more interesting once the foliage disappears. The bark of Crape Myrtle will become even more pronounced as winter progresses.
|Live Life in Full Bloom!|
When the outdoor gardening season wanes, the indoor gardening season picks up momentum. After growing Amaryllis in pots for years and seeing these bulbs encased in wax, I figured I would give it a try. It requires no soil, no watering...no anything! Just put it on a windowsill and enjoy. This is going to be a new tradition!
and the gardening (of course gardening) ornaments are on the tree! Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow...will have to wait and see!😊
|Thank you for Visiting!|
Thank you for visiting my December garden. As always, I enjoy hearing from you and seeing what's growing in your garden. Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday Fotos, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling Woods, Image-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays and Garden Affair at Jaipur Garden.
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As Always...Happy Gardening! 😊
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