Garden Photo of the Day

Winter is Beautiful in Pat’s Upstate New York Garden

Today's photos are from Patricia Hand in upstate New York. We visited Pat's garden twice in 2014, HERE and HERE, and if you'll remember (or refresh your memory) it's packed full of color during summer! As she proves today, it's wonderful in winter, too. She says, "These are photos I took of the landscape here in upstate New York on December 30th. The ground was bare here since before Christmas, with temperatures in the  mid-50's. When I awoke that morning I found that Mother Nature had worked her magic overnight and provided us with a white fluffy blanket of snow. I grabbed my camera and out I went to capture this beautiful sight." Pat, your garden is still beautiful, even under all that snow! This just goes to show that it pays to include plants for winter interest amongst the summer showstoppers. Thanks for sharing!

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Come and meet up at the  Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year!

I'm scheduled to give another GPOD talk (A few of you will be getting emails in the next two weeks as I put together the slideshow…), and a number of people have emailed to say that they'll be at the show, and that they'd love to meet up with a bunch of fellow GPODers!

The RSVPs so far:

Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom)
May Kald (GrannyMay) – tentative
Catherine Campbell (CrannyCC) – tentative
Tia Scarce
Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes)
Sheila Schultz
Shirley Graves
Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle)
Kielian DeWitt (Annek)
Linda Skyler (Meelianthus)
Kathy Schuler

So…who else is going to be there?? Let us all know in the comments, and we can start planning an outing! Perhaps after-dinner drinks one night at the bar at the Sheraton?  I'll repeat this announcement for the next week or so, at least, and keep a running list of who's coming….enticement for even more people to come. Oh, and when you comment to say you'll be there, give us your real name so that I can plan name tags that include both that and your screen name…

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  1. perenniallycrazy 01/08/2015

    Snow flocking really brings out the best in those evergreen beauties! Thanks for sharing again Pat and Happy New Year.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/08/2015

    It's great to see another season in your garden. I especially like the mustard-colored, dangly evergreen with the snow.

  3. NCYarden 01/08/2015

    Lucky. I love snow, though we rarely get it here. It creates an entirely new landscape worth beholding. Today it feels like we should have snow all around. Oh well, at least we have these great photos. Thanks

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    meander_michaele 01/08/2015

    So far, I am just getting to enjoy the magic of snow in the garden vicariously. Your own property and all that eye filling vista beyond your fence line look lovely in their white garb. Seeing what I think are the flowerheads of some 'Autumn Joy' type sedum covered in snow reminds me why I let mine remain unpruned through most of the winter. They do contribute to architectural interest.

  5. hortiphila 01/08/2015

    Like you Pat, we in the midwest suffer (or many think we do) through 5 or 6 months when deciduous trees are bare (but some of their flower buds are fabulous like Magnolia), perennial plants die back to the ground (leaving skeletons of fantastically intricate seed heads that feed nomadic flocks of birds), frost and snow form icing on our eye-candy as we view it from the warm side of the glass. Why not plan to enjoy this least favorite season? Pat, you have a beautiful view.

  6. rosenewbie 01/08/2015

    Even in the dead of winter, your garden is beautiful. Very serene.

  7. greengenes 01/08/2015

    Hey Pat! I looked back at your summer pictures and then to these during winter. Every time I see these types of pictures it amazes me so, how much things really do grow! Inch by inch and day by day...Beautiful and great bones! Thanks

  8. GrannyMay 01/08/2015

    Always love to see snow scenes, especially when I don't have to deal with the snow myself. It is not only trees and shrubs that provide winter interest, the grass and sedums are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these, Pat.

  9. digginWA 01/08/2015

    With that terrific long view across the split rail fence, you get to relax, enjoy, and anticipate the return of the luscious borders shown in the previous posts. Winter gardens have their own delights.

  10. Cenepk10 01/08/2015

    Beautiful pics ! I despise winter, though

  11. GrannyCC 01/08/2015

    It is lovely to see the good bones of the garden at this time of year. beautiful sweeping views.

  12. user-7007327 01/08/2015

    Beautiful snow art.

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