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Garden Photo of the Day

Winter Bones

Winter’s last (we hope) laugh

Laurie Statz shared these pictures of her garden in snow… still beautiful! Her garden has great “bones” – trees, and hardscape – that looks beautiful even without any greenery. She writes,

“I would like to submit these winter shots which I took on Feb. 11, 2018. We live just west of Madison Wisconsin and we’ve received a succession of several small snowfalls, none of which were backed by much wind. Winter Mother Nature working her magic! I won’t caption these pictures as I think they are more contemplative in nature. Just when I think I’m not really getting any winter “bones” established, I realize I am.”


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  1. Maggieat11 02/26/2018

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 02/26/2018

    You certainly have lots of nice elements that allow the piling snow to create interesting mounds and outlines. I like your zig zag split rail fence and what seems to be a rock totem. I do hope you'll submit pictures that show your garden in other seasons as well.

    1. Chris N 02/26/2018

      Search under Laurel Statz and you'll find more photos of her garden plus some of her trip to Hawaii.

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        meander1 (Michaele ) 02/26/2018

        Thanks, Chris, for steering me in the right direction. I had put in "Laurie Statz" right off the bat and didn't get anything and didn't think to try "Laurel".

        1. Chris N 02/26/2018

          I didn't think to try Laurel either. I ended up searching for "Wisconsin" and found her that way.

  3. Chris N 02/26/2018

    Hi Laurie! Looks great! Strange winter we've had. Not much snow and temperatures all over the place. 5 more inches predicted for Thursday after rain and freezing rain. Love your stacked stone.

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    Linda on Whidbey 02/26/2018

    Good morning, Laurie. Having lived in your area for many years, I’m quite familiar with both the beauty of a fresh snow and how anxious you’re probably getting to get your hands into the dirt again. Your cairn makes me smile because we’ve had the same stones which we smuggled back from HI and it’s moved with us from WI to Whidbey Is.

  5. LaurelEm 02/26/2018

    Thank you very much. Yes we are getting tired of winter. I wanted to ask if any of you reader shave found a good way to screen those green utility boxes as you see in the first picture. We've had the area marked by the power company in the past and I will have them out once again this spring, the mark the wires. Right now I am thinking of a combination of tall ornamental grasses and perhaps one or two medium sized Mugho? Just not sure, but I'd love to screen it in a rustic naturalistic looking way. I'd love to repeat with another zig-zag fence over there (which is across the driveway) but hubby is afraid it would really encourage snow drifting if we had the driveway between two fences.

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      meander1 (Michaele ) 02/26/2018

      Hi, again, Laurie, your idea to use ornamental grasses for screening the green utility box sounds great...although if it's any comfort to you, I was so taken with the zig zag fencing, that I didn't even notice the boxes. I'm a huge fan of some of the panicum varieties...especially 'Shenendoah' which turns a maroonish red from late summer on. The panicums are so much easier to cut down in early spring than the miscanthus types.

  6. user-7020748 02/26/2018

    Beautiful winter pictures. Its great to be able to enjoy every season in the garden. I believe there are few sights more gorgeous that sun sparkling on a fresh fall of snow.

  7. user-7020748 02/26/2018

    Beautiful winter pictures. Its great to be able to enjoy every season in the garden. I believe there are few sights more gorgeous than sun sparkling on a fresh fall of snow.

  8. wittyone 02/26/2018

    Lucky you living west of Madison------all those beautiful rolling hills.

    Your garden looks great cloaked in snow. Maybe soon little green noses will be poking out-----they are already peeking out here in southern Indiana.

    Here's to SPRING!

  9. Cheryl A 02/26/2018

    Hi, Laurel, I also second your idea of using ornamental grass (I have Panicum 'Shenendoah' in a galvanized stock tank to raise it even higher, to screen a bedroom window, and it works great. Your heavy snow might beat down a less stalwart grass. I wonder if you could use a juniper variety rather than the mugho- only to keep with a more naturalistic theme. If you occasionally groom-prune them, (not topiary!) they can look quite artistic without looking contrived - and they certainly are hardy! Truthfully, I never noticed the utility boxes either - I was so taken with the foreground and the distant horizon - with the silos! What a nice theme to work from !

  10. Foxglove12 02/26/2018

    So beautiful and peaceful! Would be fun to see the same photos in spring, summer and fall. Thanks for sharing.

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