Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snowfall Part II

The latest blast of cold, during which the mercury dipped down to 10, was enough to finish off the Prunus mume and even set back the First Breath of Spring. Since I don't have anything new to show, I decided to put up more of the snow pictures with shots from last year's garden.

The snow-covered driveway leading down to the horse pastures, the long narrow bed next to the neighbor's pasture, and the neighbor's pasture, with the skeletons of Bidens collapsing under the weight of the snow.

Late August, with Panicum 'Cloud Nine' in bloom and the Bidens almost full size. It seems in one month's time, they go from being 12-18" to 3-5' tall. This bed is still relatively undeveloped and may stay that way, since the Bidens are so easy.

July, showing the Redbud from the National Arbor Day Foundation that is really sizing up, and the Bidens at about a third their bloom size. It always amazes me how green the garden is in the summer, looking back at it.

Facing directly east, towards the neighbor's pasture.

In April, looking across the big perennial bed to the
neighbor's pasture. (Please excuse the unmown paths.)

Jesse's Song. Behind the iris are the old stalks of Panicum virgatum,
a first line of defense if the neighbor decides to get wacky with the Round-up again.

View down toward the horse pastures, with azaleas in foreground.

In mid May

With foxglove beardtongue and Verbena bonariensis


  1. What a BEAUTIFUL and BIG garden you have. I too like the different seasonal pictures. It really shows the evolution of the garden. Stay warm.

  2. I agree with Tina it is a beautiful and big garden! I think the extreme temps would be a lot easier to handle if the snow was in place to insulate.
    Oh well...Now you have me all intrigued about Biden...must research this one to see if it would like C&L! Gail

  3. Hi Gail,

    Thank you!

    Where I've seen Bidens (this species is either polylepis or aristosa and is a reseeding annual) growing is mostly in moist, acid situations, but I know that it's surprisingly drought tolerant too. I don't know how it handles a limey soil.

  4. I sure love your place, whatever the season!


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