Welcome to my Long Island garden! Over the last few weeks, the garden has been transformed into a winter wonderland through a series of snowfalls, followed by periods of thawing and more snow. The first significant snowfall of the year came on the 1st, lasted into the 2nd and dwindled off to flurries on the 3rd, bringing a foot of snow to the island. Another storm came on the 7th (Super Bowl Sunday) bringing another 6-8 inches. There have been two more snowfalls, keeping the garden under a cloak of white, with more on the way. Come along on a tour of my February garden!
The first glances of the garden are just before the first snowfall. When I knew it was coming for sure, I set outside with camera in hand to capture some before views, one of the perks of a virtual tour!
|Evergreens in the Winter Garden|
Since evergreens are such an important addition to the northeastern garden, I always like to highlight a few that are on the property and since horticultural photography is a second love of mine, I will venture out even on the coldest days to get some captures. This is a close up of a Colorado Montgomery Globe Blue Spruce taken with a telephoto lens.
|Garden Leap Frog|
Here is a little garden whimsy. This playful pair can be seen from right outside my window.
Here is a view of the border of evergreens along the eastern side of the property with Globe 'Montgomery' Blue Spruce, Golden Hinoki Cypress 'Verdoni' and Boxwood. There is an iris garden which lies along the fenceline, giving the area a more cottagey look in the spring.
|Crape Myrtle Bark in Winter|
This is Crape Myrtle 'Sioux'. Its colorful, exfoliating bark is even more noticeable in wintertime.
The feeder station has been very busy! This little guy is consuming some calories before the snow arrives.
|Golden Sweet Flag|
Golden Sweet Flag and Spreading Repandens Yew add some color and structure to the winter garden, and the birds love the foliage too!
while the welcoming committee below is chilling with some hot cocoa!
|Under a Cloak of Snow|
Overnight the snow arrived, transforming the garden into a winter wonderland.
|Coral Bark Maple and Skylands Oriental Spruce|
The bark of the Coral Bark Maple in the driveway border is glowing against the white snow. Alongside the Coral Bark Maple is snow covered Golden Oriental Skylands Spruce.
|Blue Skies Return|
The snow is beautiful while it is falling, but I always love the following day as blue skies return and the sunlight lights up the snow covered landscape. Come along and see.
|After the Snow|
Here is a view of the pool garden with the patio area covered in a blanket of snow.
I have lived here in the northeast all my life and am still mesmerized every time we get a snow covered landscape. There is something about the changing seasons with new scenery to look forward to in every month, along with some special surprises along the way.
|Nellie Stevens Holly Winter Berries|
There are discoveries around each corner, such as in the back garden where Nellie Stevens Holly is displaying its bright red berries and by the patio where Weeping Pussy Willow is producing its first catkins.
|Weeping Pussy Willow Catkins Forming in February|
There are signs of spring as buds on Star Magnolia become evident...
|Magnolia Buds and Hopes of Spring|
and the snow still covers the garden.
|Winter Snowy Sunset|
While the landscape is covered in a blanket of snow, the indoor 30 year old Jade plant shows off its blooms.
|Indoors: A Jade Plant Blooms!|
I couldn't resist laying a pair of garden crocs next to the boots just worn while walking the garden. My feelings are mixed. While the snow is beautiful, spring is not far away. Until then, I'll just have to enjoy the view!
Thank you for visiting my February garden. As always, I enjoy hearing from you and seeing what's growing in your neck of the woods! 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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