Thursday, December 6, 2012

First Snow at Gilmore Gardens

Snow on the Circle Lawn and Shade Path.
Snow on the Circle Lawn and Shade Path.

After a week of beautiful weather at the end of November, we finally had our first snow of the season at Gilmore Gardens.

We usually have our first snow sometime in October. I am not sad that it waited to come until December, but it sure was hard for the kids to wait for it! Now that this dusting has melted, they cannot wait for the first full foot of snow. Maybe for Christmas? We usually do not have that much snow until later in January, but you can never be sure with the weather! 

Snow dotted on the browned asters.
Snow dotted on the browned asters.
Driveway Garden in December.
Driveway Garden in December.
Lovely lavender dusted with snow.
Lovely lavender dusted with snow.
Driveway Garden
Driveway Garden
Rose of Sharon seed pods and snow.
Rose of Sharon seed pods and snow.
Dwarf Miscanthus 'Dixieland' in snowy garb.
Dwarf Miscanthus 'Dixieland' in snowy garb.
One of the mature maples at the front of our property seen against the antique brick of the old school house across the street. Some of our elderly neighbors attended this school many years ago.
One of the mature maples at the front of our property seen against the antique brick of the old school house across the street. Some of our elderly neighbors attended this school many years ago.
Echinacea purpurea and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' dotted with snow in the Hill Garden.
Echinacea purpurea and Sedum 'Autumn Joy' dotted with snow in the Hill Garden.
One little fairy rose (R. 'The Fairy') still hanging on in the snow.
One little fairy rose (R. 'The Fairy') still hanging on in the snow.
More Echinacea seed heads.
More Echinacea seed heads.
The Hill Garden with a bit of color hiding under the white snow. If you look in the distance, between the tree and the evergreens, you will see a local church tower. Gardening in town has its limits, but enjoying these views helps me to value gardening right where we are.
The Hill Garden with a bit of color hiding under the white snow. If you look in the distance, between the tree and the evergreens, you will see a local church tower. Gardening in town has its limits, but enjoying these views helps me to value gardening right where we are.
Snow on the wood spurge and Liriope in the Front Woodland.
Snow on the wood spurge and Liriope in the Front Woodland.
View from Cherry Corner to the back gate.
View from Cherry Corner to the back gate.
View from Cherry Corner garden across our front gardens.
View from Cherry Corner garden across our front gardens.
Hydrangea 'Limelight' and snow. These dried flowers persist quite well during the winter months.
Hydrangea 'Limelight' and snow. These dried flowers persist quite well during the winter months.
View of the Shade Path from the back gate, which is still covered in Clematis 'Lil' Nell'.
View of the Shade Path from the back gate, which is still covered in Clematis 'Lil' Nell'.
Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) with snow near the Circle Lawn.
Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) with snow near the Circle Lawn.

18 comments:

  1. Just love the shots of snow gathered on the seed heads. So pretty.

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  2. I do enjoy snow photos from the comfort of my computer :) Your garden does look lovely with a blanket of white and I bet your kids can't wait to get a good snow to have a snowball fight!

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    1. Glad I could do the cold work of taking the photos for you, Karin! :) It was beautiful to get out in it, actually. I take photos until I cannot feel my fingers and then run in for tea!
      ~Julie

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  3. Love the fairy rose! Your garden looks so pretty with the dusting of snow! Hope you have a white Christmas! I am keeping my fingers crossed here to but it's not looking so good!

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  4. I can imagine how your kids were glad to see first snow. It's a pleasure for them, to play, sledge, skiing. The plants look nice with the snow white 'caps'!

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  5. It's so pretty! I'm a warm weather girl, but snow is one of the few things that makes the cold weather bearable. Happy Holidays :)

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  6. This is so pretty Julie!! I love the snow on the Sea Oats. I wish we had more of this snow... Alas, it will come soon enough I'm sure:)

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  7. The seedheads dusted with snow are lovely, looks more like frost than snow on many of your plants. Seemd to me winter has arrived in the whole of the northern hemisphire. Christina

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  8. Love the garden in the snow, it adds a whole new dimension. Hope your children get their wish of another foot of snow, it all looks so pretty on the seedheads

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    1. I do look forward to the snow on the brown garden... it makes everything look so much more fresh.
      ~Julie

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  9. Great pictures of the northern sea oats and echinacea topped with snow. My kids also loved snow when they were little, mostly so they could throw snowballs at me.

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    1. That is exactly what my kids have been saying since summer: that they could not wait to throw snow at their dad :) Funny.
      ~Julie

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  10. So pretty! Interesting that the first snow is so late. I hope you get a magical snow on Christmas eve, and make lots of snowmen (and snow ice cream!) on Christmas day!

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  11. Wow, you have snow before we do! We're supposed to get some snow tonight, but I haven't looked outside for a couple of hours. I think I'll do that after I write this comment. :) You got just the perfect amount of snow--enough to coat the plants and the ground, but not so much that it causes major hassles. Perfect snowfall during the holiday season. Enjoy!

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  12. Oh I dont like snow at all unless I can stay indoors. They keep saying snow is coming here but so far it hasn't. I am hoping it waits until my youngest gets home on the 21st.

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  13. Your garden adores snow and it looks just lovely in its winter coat Julie!!

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  14. Beautiful photos. I love the snow on the grasses and seedheads.
    Would you believe after a cold snap a few days ago there's some snow in the mountains three hours south of us. The latest weather report says "There is still snow only a short walk away at the top of Thredbo, enough for snowplay." http://www.thredbo.com.au/mountain/weather-report/detailed-weather-report/

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  15. Your garden looks lovely in winter. I'm trying to pay more attention to what things look like during the dormant season - I used to just shut my eyes then! I especially like the rose of sharon seedpods and the hydrangea. Thanks for being a great source of ideas, as usual!

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