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Friday, January 8, 2010

a winter garden


I don't do much outdoor gardening this time of year, for obvious reasons. But one of my best clients is coming back this weekend (after a month in warmer climes) and I wanted to make sure the garden looked neat, if not exactly welcoming.

I wasn't sure what to expect. We've had snow and wind and rain and more wind, and I prepared for several hours of clean-up in below-freezing temperatures.

What a wonderful surprise to step out onto the terrace and find a perfect winter scene. Subdued colors, obvious texture, fluid movement, defining structure. And there was warmth. Not physical warmth...remember the temperature was 20-something. But visual warmth. Maybe because the sun was out, maybe because we've passed the solstice and are undeniably heading toward spring. Or maybe it was all in my imagination.

What do you think?








5 comments:

frank@new york city garden said...

Framing it the way you have, I'd say it looks perfect:)

cindy said...

i agree - really lovely and welcoming!

Robin Horton said...

You've done a good job. I love the way grasses look when dormant.

Ellen Zachos said...

Thanks Frank, Cindy, and Robin. I agree about grasses in winter. I never cut them back till spring so I enjoy their color and the way they blow in the wind.

Shady Gardener said...

Looks like a color palette ... will you be painting a room?? ;-) If you're looking for something soil/seed related to do right now, check out my newest post! Fun and it works!

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