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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blooms and Foliage December 2014

Today, there's not a bloom to be found at Clay and Limestone, the way too early Arctic cold front flash froze everything except two stalwart plants, Hamamelis virginiana and Symphyotrichum praealtum. They put on quite a nice show until just last week, so I felt fine sharing them for my Bloom Day post!
Willowleaf aster
What's left to make a gardener smile on a winter's day?
Ostrya virginica
 Trees that hold their leaves all winter!

Foliage that twists and curls.
 Grasses that accent evergreens.
 Ex-aster's seed heads.
 Amsonia hubrichtii beginning to curl
Fluffy Goldenrod ready to spread its progeny out into the world!

Copper tubing, cobalt containers and golden panicums!
Hypericum frondosum
Hyper-colored Hypericum frondosum!

I hope your garden is making you smile!


Now make this garden blogger smile and pop over to May Dreams Gardens, where our delightful hostess, Carol, has set up the Mr Linky magic carpet ride to take you to more Bloom Day posts than you can imagine and to Pam's Foliage Follow-up on Digging....because blooms aren't alone in making a garden beautiful.

Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.


  1. The tawny and russet tones of fall leaves are so beautiful, especially against a winter-washed blue sky. Love your pictures, Gail, as always!

  2. Still have lots of nice winter interest going on there Gail!

  3. I love those leaves that twist and curl! They make me smile!
    Have a wonderful day!

  4. Yours made me smile. Mine is under a gray sky right now. Still, there is interest there.

  5. Yes, there's not much flowering in my world either, but there is plenty of wonderful winter foliage! Great shot of the Amsonia hubrichtii.

  6. Your garden still has lots to share. Happy GBBD and FF.

  7. Even though the flowers are gone the coppery brown foliage is stunning...

  8. All lovely--blooms and foliage and seed heads!

  9. The light shining through the foliage and seedheads shows them off so well. Lovely post for Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up, Gail!

  10. Lovely subtle shades of fall..with beautiful light! Such a fascinating time of year in the garden.

  11. Holiday prep work, and a busy schedule have kept me from even barely looking at my garden! Hopefully I can get out there to at least look around in January!


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