Winter Annuals

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Ice and light snow covered our “stump garden” Thursday morning when we were wandering about admiring winter’s artistry.

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Our stump, left from an oak blown over in a summer storm, has been transformed into a “pedestal” with a little hypertufa and some glass.

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Topped with a hypertufa trough planted with winter hardy annuals and perennials, our stump garden still looks interesting even though most of the plants around it have died back for the season.  Winter’s cold had barely touched the dusty miller, ornamental kale, and Violas  until our ice storm.  The ice coating actually protects them during the coldest weather.  Cold winds can’t strip their moisture.

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The ice is only a memory now.  We’ve had two days of bright sunshine, with a “spring-like” heat wave up to the low 40’s.

That is all that was needed for the Violas, dusty miller, ornamental kale, and Sedum to perk up again.

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We are so happy that our climate allows winter annuals to thrive right through until spring.  We can enjoy their beauty during our coldest months.

 

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

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With special appreciation to Patricia for all of your love and efforts today. 

You are an angel, and we love you very much. 

Thank you especially for bringing the amazing croissants…

 

What remains of summer's African Blue Basil.  There are still seeds, and our songbirds find shelter in the branches.

What remains of summer’s African Blue Basil. There are still seeds, and our songbirds find shelter in the branches.

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

4 responses to “Winter Annuals

  1. Glad to hear everything bounced back. I love that kale – the color is delicious!

  2. I’ve really enjoyed your posts over the past few days of your winter garden. The pictures of Ice coating your plants are amazing! I especially loved the holly encased in dripping crystals. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Sarah

    • Dear Sarah, so wonderful to know you have enjoyed seeing our ice covered garden. Do you get ice storms very often? They are so unusual for us here in VA. The holly and berries seem even brighter under ice, and cheer us up on these cold days. Blessings to you, Sarah. I hope you are well and warm 😉 WG

  3. Oh wow, lots of ice! I think you must of been a lot colder than we were all week. We had rain on Wednesday and rain until noon on Thursday. Today we had sunshine all day and suppose to have sunshine all day tomorrow too!! Headed back to Atlanta tomorrow. I hope you guys enjoy your Sunday! 🙂 Michael

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