Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up February: Winter Snow & Upcoming Blooms!

February Garden
Welcome to my February Long Island, zone 7 garden! It has certainly been an interesting month, with the Blizzard of 2022 starting on the evening of the 28th and continuing all the way through evening of the next day with 22.4 inches of bountiful white! The temperatures finally started to rise, and the ground could finally be seen again after two weeks, but then on the 13th...Mother Nature gave us another go around with a layering of more snow! Since this is a virtual tour, you will get to see what the landscape looked like just two weeks ago, just three days ago and now. Come along and I hope you enjoy the views!
Front Entrance Garden After Blizzard of 2022
For two days, there was no getting out of the house. The snow had drifted three to four feet in some spots and had blocked the entry to the garage and back door. Here is a view of the front garden a few days after the crew had dug us out. The entire planting along the walkway had been buried, with just the taller trees in view. 
Welcoming Commitee!
The welcoming committee along the back patio garden had completely vanished in the snow, so it was nice to see their smiling faces once again!

Winter's Beauty-Ripples of Drifting Snow
The drifting snow caused by the high winds was pretty though, as the sun's shadow cast upon the covering of white.
Pool Surround
Along the pool surround, Green Giant Arborvitae can be viewed in the backdrop with an assortment of other evergreens along the edge. Thankfully, the temperatures were so frigid that the snow was light and fluffy, allowing it to easily blow off the branches of the trees.
Back Island Bed
There is something to be said about a winter's snow being magical. Here, looking from the back patio is the left side of the island bed with Crape Myrtle and Gold Lace Juniper, with Weeping Norway Spruce and Blue Globe Spruce in the foreground. The layer of snow changes the perspective of the garden, making the two beds look connected.
Sculpture in Snow
In the back garden, is this statue of a young girl and her kitten...
Driveway Entry
and the driveway entry garden still layered in white.
A Welcomed Visitor
At last, just three days before Bloom Day, only remnants of snow had remained along the landscape and the wintering birds started out once again to make their appearance. 
Front Walkway Garden
As the snow slowly melted, the garden had appeared again from under the cloak of white. There was a huge difference from just two weeks ago.
Southwestern Garden
There were still some gentle reminders of the blizzard of 2022, but the grass was visible once again and there even blooms to be seen along the way!
Holly Berries
In the back shade area, the berries of  Nellie Stevens Holly, are all bright and cheerful. They make a nice addition to the winter landscape. 
After the Storm & Getting Back to Normal
Along the northern perimeter is Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and grass! I never thought it could be so exciting to see the green lawn again!
Hellebores Northern Garden
Even in the midst of winter, there can be blooms! Here is Hellebore 'Shooting Star', one of the first of the Hellebores to bloom. It is a little delayed this year, but should be in full bloom soon.
Helleborous 'Shooting Star'
Here are the beautiful pinkish buds up close and getting ready to open.
Mondo Grass and Osmanthus
Foliage is important, especially in the wintertime garden. Here is a view from the back patio with a foliage combination of Black Mondo Grass and Osmanthus 'Goskiki' in the backdrop. The Mondo Grass is a little beat up right now from the snow, but does well in the planter under the shade of the nearby Weeping Pussy Willow tree.
Skyland's Spruce and Coral Bark Maple
Here along the driveway border is Skyland's Golden Oriental Spruce with Coral Bark Maple in the backdrop. I enjoy how the bark of the maple glows a vibrant coral-red this time of year.
Skyland's Spruce Seed Cones
Here we can see Skyland's Spruce seed cones. They look so pronounced against the golden foliage of the tree and the blue sky.
Skimmia japonica Flower Buds
Last, but not least is Skimmia japonica. This is such an interesting shade plant with flower buds now forming, that will lead to blooms in early spring...
Thanksgiving Cactus
and indoors...Thanksgiving cactus started blooming in November and is still going!!!
Here we go again!
But wait!!! Just when the snow had disappeared, Mother Nature wanted to let us know that she is far from through...
February Patio Surround Garden
so it's just a good time to appreciate nature and gaze upon the snow...
Winter Snow on Weeping Japanese Maple
and dream of spring until we meet again. Happy Bloom Day!😊
Winter's Greetings

Thank you for Visiting!
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my February garden and as always, I look forward to your comments 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 FotosMacro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsImage-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


We have been continuing our regular zoom meetings with GardenComm. It's a wonderful way to get together with colleagues and share gardening adventures! Now we meet two times a month, once for the northeast regional meeting and again for a "Better Together", where gardeners from all over can connect at once.

Plant-O-Rama went virtual this year and it was wonderful, with guest speakers, chat rooms and a virtual trade show. It was a very enjoyable experience and I got to make some new friends!

More news!!!🎕 I am in the process of working on a new book for the northeast and Mid-Atlantic garden! Organized in a similar fashion as my last book, Gardening By Month, this one will be a reference of plants for a specific type of garden. I have been writing a couple of hours each day, will need to take some high resolution photos in springtime, then hopefully will have it ready to publish in 2023! There's a long way to go, so details will follow.

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"As Always...Be Well and Happy Gardening”! 

 Lee @A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2022. All rights reserved.


  1. Beautiful snowy scenes, and I love the Thanksgiving Cactus!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

    1. Happy Bloom Day Lea! Your Hellebores are beautiful and it’s so nice to see those Daffodils! It’s snowing right now but I did see some Hyacinth bulbs coming up today!

  2. Love the contrast of the two weeks, and the hope of hellebores about to bloom! I am watching a few things emerging in my tiny landscape - leftovers from possibly not only the last homeowners, but those even before (we knew them both). It's fun to see, but I see some digging out in my future for unwanted liriope. Those suckers are hard to eradicate when you don't want them!

    1. Hi Rita! I enjoyed your post with Bunny Van Gogh Jr. which is so adorable and your granddaughter is absolutely precious! It’s also so nice to see you enjoying your beautiful new home. It will be fun to see what comes up in your garden in springtime…lots of new surprises!

  3. That's a LOT of snow but it's a testament to the structure of your garden that it looks great both before, after, and during the replay!

    1. Thank you Kris. That means a lot coming from you! Your Aeonium arboreum cuttings were beautiful and your neighbors lucky to give them a home!

  4. You have more snow and more blooms than me, Lee. Your evergreens are superb and I envy your hellebore's early show. Happy Bloom Day. P.x

    1. Your garden looks lovely in the snow and I loved seeing the Cardinals and the goats out and about. As we dream of warmer days, there are snow squalls happening right now with snow blowing everywhere, but spring will be here before too long!

  5. Lee - welcome back to Mosaic Monday! I love a garden in the snow, especially one with good bones like yours! The Japanese Maple is as stunning outlined in snow as it is in full leaf! Thanks for sharing your beauty with us once again!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, your beautiful post with dreams of spring and for hosting Mosaic Monday. I always enjoy visiting!

  6. Beautiful winter garden! I love the snowy Japanese maple

    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting to let me know you were here. I am so happy you enjoyed the snowy views!

  7. I skipped Bloom Day myself this month - so was good to see your selections. Hellebores are in about the same stage as yours and I had a few crocuses open up this morning!

    1. Hellebores are the perfect perennial for this time of year and those crocus are a great sign of spring! Happy Bloom Day!

  8. Thanks! It's so nice to see some blooms in February because it's still too cold for any here in the Chicago area.

    1. Thank you for visiting Debbie. I am glad you enjoyed the blooms in February!

  9. What beautiful snowy scenes! It’s so nice seeing your February garden. So much beauty when most think there’s nothing going on in a winter garden.

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the February blooms and thank you for your words. So many believe that there is nothing to enjoy in the winter garden, and I make it my goal to prove that wrong! There can be interest all year long with the right plants!

  10. every winter I am impressed with your garden design - beauty all year even when covered with snow

    1. Aww...thank you so much Carol! You just made my day. I loved your post on Anthurium, one of my favorite houseplants!

  11. Your garden is still gorgeous even under the snow! Looks like you've been getting more snow than we have this winter, and I'm a zone less!

  12. Your garden looks winter wonderland, Beautiful thanksgiving cactus. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.


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