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.