Garden Photo of the Day

Snow Adds to the Festiveness in the Yakima Valley

By Kim Charles


Happy holidays from Patty Clark in WA


"Patty Clark here in the Yakima Valley, WA submitting another Festive Photo. This morning I took a photo of my moon gate taken after our recent Pacific Northwest snow storm. 




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  1. tennisluv 12/28/2016

    Love moon gates and yours with the snow and Christmas wreath is so pretty. The whimsy of the succulent with the small red ornaments brought a smile with my morning coffee. Thanks for sharing.

  2. user-4691082 12/28/2016

    I can't wait for the snow to blanket us! Beautiful photo- thanks for sharing!

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    meander_michaele 12/28/2016

    I am such a fan of your moon gate, Patty, from some of your earlier submissions. This is a particularly revealing and interesting picture of it because it highlights its dimensionality. I don't think I was fully aware of its depth before. Seeing it outlined in snow reminds us of the 4 season value that hardscape features add to the garden.
    At some point, as you get closer to spring, do you do a hard pruning of the climbing rose bushes or do you let them stay "au natural"?

    1. Clarkpark 12/28/2016

      In the spring I cut off the remaining rose hips and give the Climbers a neat trimming. The Climbers on the Moon Gate are old and strong: 'Russell's Cottage' is Pre- 1826 and 'Francis Lester' was introduced in 1946. These Rose Climbers and other Antique Roses are extremely long lived and sturdy.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/28/2016

    Nice to hear from you on the blog again, Patty. As much as I don't love the winter, I have to admit that snowfall and great structures make a stunning combination! Love the wreath and the patch of blue coming through the moon gate.

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    LindaonWhidbey 12/28/2016

    Hi Patty, beautiful photo. Did the snow hang around very long there? Ours on Whidbey
    disappeared as soon as it hit the ground, which was just fine. Happy New Year!

    1. Clarkpark 12/28/2016

      Thanks everyone for the nice comments! Yes, our snow has hung around!

  6. sheila_schultz 12/28/2016

    Great shot of your beautiful moon gate, Patty. The snow allows the depth to really stand out... gorgeous!

  7. edithdouglas 12/28/2016

    Your moon gate is a beauty, and I appreciate seeing it no end. Thanks.

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    gringopeligroso 12/28/2016

    Ms. Clark!
    Beautiful capture! All we've had is the cold without the frosting. (Pun intended!) While I know that's part of the package of living in the Sun Belt, we're feeling a little shorted.
    Thanx for posting this gentle magic! jesse

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  10. Sunshine111 12/28/2016

    Gorgeous! I always wanted one of these…!

  11. user-6536305 12/28/2016

    Patty it was a great idea to put the red Christmas ornaments on the aloe vera (just guessing?) It is so creative and I am copying. Do you leave the blue while ceramic pot out side all year around? It is frost resistant type? Love the moon gate and wreath.

    1. Clarkpark 12/28/2016

      Lilian, The decorated succulent is an Agave that is happy year-round in my south facing windows. The blue and white pot has been next to the Moon Gate for years. Every spring I fill the pot half full with water and plop in a King Tut Papyrus. I appreciate all the compliments and wish all GPOD members a Happy New Year!

  12. perenniallycrazy 12/28/2016

    Your garden photos just made my day Patty! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/28/2016

    Somehow I missed the Agave photo! Very merry! Love it.

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      meander_michaele 12/28/2016

      I think it was in a different location and was smaller initially and I wasn't sure if it belonged with Patty's submission or not.

  14. GrannyCC 12/29/2016

    Perfect picture of the moon gate with the snow on the wreath. Nice or the snow to cooperate.
    Happy New Year to all.

  15. jagardener 12/29/2016

    Love the agave photo.Will definitely use that idea.

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