October 21, 2021

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Beauty and the Beast in a Winter Garden

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Today we’re headed to Independence, Oregon, where Erla Richards is sharing some of the beautiful—and not so beautiful—faces of the winter garden.

Many readers are looking toward spring, as am I, but winter is not over. We haven’t had snow or ice in my part of Oregon for several years, so these are an accumulation of photos of past years. These pictures remind me of Beauty and the Beast—the beauty of glassy ice-covered shrubs from freezing rain and the beast of the damage that ice can do.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBeauty—ice-covered Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii, Zones 3–8)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsPieris (Pieris japonica, Zones 5–9) blooms-to-come showing through the ice.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMy birds still need to be fed, and they manage to cope.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA young jacquemontii birch (Betula jacquemontii, Zones 5–7) bent to the ground from the weight of so much ice.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe beast side of the ice storm: the weight of ice was too much for this old oak.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis tiny hummer probably wishes he hadn’t hung around. (Editor’s note: If, like me, you live in the eastern United States, you might be very surprised to see a hummingbird in the snow! The West Coast has difference species of hummingbirds, and one, Anna’s hummingbird, regularly stays put through the winter rather than migrating south like the eastern ruby-throated hummingbird does.)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMidnight snow falling on the jacquemontii birch.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBeauty of the winter sky over the black walnut (Juglans sp., Zones 4–9) waiting for spring.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA view of Mount Jefferson from my deck.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe Oregon coast is quiet and beautiful in the winter.

Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

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