Once again, I've slid off the grid. Holidays & such. One thing I did do that was 'garden-y', was to look out the windows at my dormant landscape - a lot. Sometimes it made me wistful, other times it made me peaceful. During our first "real" measurable snow fall recently (in January, which is unprecedented in the Midwest) , I also noticed the stark 'structure' within the gardens.
|Pink Guara (dormant - January 2012)|
With garden edges obscured and stone walkways covered, dormant plant structure became the visual interest. Organic sculptures - only not in a museum. I would have never before imagined it, but the views just struck me. Maybe because there is more 'vacant' space in the gardens since they are relatively new - but I wished for more to look at. (Note to self: need more plants - Spring 2012)
|'Wine and Roses' Weigela - in the Winter Sunset 2012|
Though there wasn't the vibrancy of the 'growing' months, this Winter 'garden' had quiet poise. There was a 'Zen' ambiance I could have looked at all afternoon. Believe me, it's a short trip around these gardens - plunked in the middle of suburbia. But I have seen amazing landscaping in small places, and that gives me motivation!
|Sunset on the 'Shade Garden' - the rustle of the winter grass is riveting|
So, while it was refreshing to reconnect with the 'winter shade' of gardening - I'm "ok" to have a few more fallow months before I get back into "garden mojo". (I am anxious to see last year's new perennials come up in 2012. Now I just have to add more - 'sweeps' of Anemones and Candy Tuft, a new 'Natives' garden in front, visual 'green' screening...) Until Spring 2012, I'm going to live vicariously through my garden blog friends. Slowly but surely, I am getting around for blog visits - and looking forward to see what you have been up to!