12.18.2008

A Visit From The Iceman



Old Man Winter came calling last night, and left his signature in the backyard. His first visits have a gentle, teasing beauty. The icy lace he left behind drapes across clumps of Japanese maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light') and the twisting branches of a cut leaf sumac (Rhus typhina 'Laciniata'), outlines a false cypress 'Fernspray' (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray'), encapsulates the bright red berries of a 'Rosy Glow' barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Rosy Glow'), and dusts a few coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seedheads. The Old Man will be back soon, and he'll mean business. But for now, his visit is just something to enjoy.



14 comments:

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

Gorgeous peek into your winter view, Steve! I don't envy being there, but happy to look through your lens!
Thanks for sharing!

Aerie-el said...

Looks like the two coasts are going through much the same wintry weather.
Stay warm! ~Aerie-el

Philip Bewley said...

Your photography is wonderful. It is such a pleasure to read your blog.
Philip

Chandramouli S said...

I'm glad Ol' Winter man did good to your garden. Your plants are so different and never-seen-before ones, at least for me! I never go empty-handed when leave your blog, as I have jobs to do - searching online about those plants and learn more about them. Thank you!

Steve Silk said...

Thanks Kathryn--Today winter is really here. Snowing like crazy!

Steve Silk said...

Hi Aerie-el Looks as if staying warm will be the name of the game for the next few days. A white Christmas is almost guaranteed.

Steve Silk said...

Thanks for the photo compliment Philip. Years of practice pays off, at least sometimes.

Steve Silk said...

Hi there Chandramouli-Learning about new plants is always a joy. Happy to feed your curiousity.

Kate Frank said...

I'm not surprised your winter garden is gorgeous.

Wayne Stratz said...

that iceman seems to have been very busy. love your photos.

lisa said...

Nice shots!

Steve Silk said...

Thanks Wayne-We're moving into prime iceman territory, snow and temps below 10 tomorrow night.

Steve Silk said...

Thanks Kate-It looks nicest in winter when there's just a sheen of ice over everything.

Steve Silk said...

Thanks Lisa--I just got the bug that morning--one of the fun things about blogging is that you just pay more attention to those events of momentary beauty--and that's a good thing.