Thank you Pam/Digging for organizing Foliage Follow-Up. FFU is new meme that celebrates foliage and other non-blooming natural things around the yard on the day after Carol's/May Dreams Gardens' Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
December has been a strange weather month...We've had the usual rain, some extremely cold weather and 60 degree temperatures a few days ago. Not too long ago we woke to a foggy frosty sight. There was beauty in almost every corner of the garden.
Backlit spider webs were doing their very best to capture my attention! Little beads of frozen water made it shine.
Frost wrapped around the ever blooming sunflower and the Frostweed bloomed again and again. It bloomed this morning and was gone by mid-afternoon.
This time of year the birds have almost finished off the coneflower seeds~~Seen here with a New World ex-aster.
Where once The Susans held court are dried and browned stalks. The promise of next summer in every prickly stem. What you can't see well in this over-exposed photo are the asters, the hypericums, the grasses and the Christmas Ferns! Trust me they are there! ~~I am just about ready to chop down the Susans' stalks. They are almost devoid of seeds~~but, not quite. There is also the teasing possibility of snow. Gardeners in the northern states know that grasses and seedheads look their best in snow covered gardens. We hope for snow;) We dream of snow;) We complain if it stays longer then a day;)
In my mostly browned garden (see above) are rich spots of purple and green. 'Redbor' ornamental kale is a must for the garden and it pairs nicely with 'Grey Owl' Juniperus virginiana. Rosemary and grasses round out the planting.
For your viewing pleasure~another over exposed photo! I still like it~ and suggest you enlarge this one. The Hamamelis virginiana is poised to bloom in The Garden Of Benign Neglect. Last year the trio of witch hazels bloomed delightfully in their burlap root pants! I found them on sale in the late fall and they were finally planted out months later. Autumn Fern is planted beneath the witch hazels.
The False Dragonhead is not blooming! This little flower is hanging onto its color~~just for you!
This little flower really is blooming! It's a Western Daisy and one of my favorite wildflowers. I know this is a foliage post, but while climbing around to capture the grasses and sedges there it was...
This may be my favorite foliage photo of the post~~It's Hypericum punctatum a sweet native also known as Spotted St Johnswort. Do enlarge this photo to see those freckles upclose and personal. Thank you Frances for this gift. It's settled in beautifully and I have great hopes for it in the garden. I love that it seems evergreen in both our gardens!
Native foamflower being pushed around by a very aggressive ajuga...We'll be sure and move the ajuga to give the foamflower room to grow. Now where shall the ajuga go~~~One more item to the to do list.
Thanks for joining me in the garden ...It's a little chilly so I'm going to sit by the fire You're welcome to join me~The kettles on, there are warm scones in the kitchen...Now catch me up with your life and garden.
Have a wonderfully sweet weekend and may it be filled with love and celebration.
Most people don't see the sun, soil, bugs, seeds, plants, moon, water, clouds,
and wind the way gardeners do.