Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

In Bleak Mid-Winter

Actually, today isn’t that bleak.  We got fresh snow last night and now the sky is crystal blue.  My semester is over and so are all my holiday concerts.  There were six this year, and I did some extra caroling with a small group in the lobby before several of the concerts.

But the wind is light and the sun is as warm as it will get in a West Michigan winter.  And for the first time in weeks I ventured into the garden to take pictures.

Hansa Rose Hips
Holly Berries

The Hansa rose hips add a nice touch of color this time of year.  I wondered if the squirrels would nibble at these, but so far they’ve not shown much interest.  Perhaps the cracked corn that I set out for them and the birds is more tempting.  Or perhaps it is merely more convenient.  I can also just see the bright red holly berries over by the garage.  I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the Garden Lady wearing her Juliet cap of snow.

Three more months until Spring.

Holly Berries
Garden Lady in Juliet Cap of Snow

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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