December 30, 2012

The Last Days of 2012

The very last day of the year, December 31, is also Jim's birthday. The year passes, he grows older, and  a new year arrives.

As these momentous occasions occur, we take a tour of the garden in winter in the last days of 2012.








Happy New Year.  Happy Birthday.

Happy Winter.

 

24 comments:

  1. Laurrie, thank you for the good wishes and the snow scenes. Happy Happy to you both from way down in Dixie, where the air is 32 degrees and the ground snowless.

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    1. Lee, I am glad you are bringing in the new year in warm(er) Dixie. Today, after the snowfall, the wind has kicked up and it is a-blowing. A cold and nasty gale out there now! brrr

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  2. Happy New Year Laurrie! Hope you have a wonderful one. These are great snow photos. I love your tuteurs, did you make them yourself? Love the "this way to Massachusetts/California/Colorado" signs too.

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    1. Alison, the tuteurs are made of twigs, and I bought them at Whiteflower Farm for a steep price, given that they look like I could have made them myself. I wish I was handier with twigs and rope. But the directional sign to Mass. CA & CO is completely handmade, and it points to where our adult children now live (so far away from CT). Have a happy New Year!

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  3. Laurrie, your garden is similar as mine! I love the photo of pine's branches with snow and bush with red berries still on it.
    These days we had have very strong frost -18 C (-2 F)and water in our bottles was frozen. Now the bottles are bloated! Fortunately the temp is up but snow is enough.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Nadezda, it isn't quite so cold here, but it is definitely winter! The snow makes everything look so nice, even though it is cold. Happy New Year!

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  4. Happy New Year Laurrie and Happy Birthday to Jim!

    I meant to take some pictures of the garden today but my snowblower chose to malfunction and left me to shovel a good portion of the driveway. Oh well...a little snow is OK just please no repeats of the winter of 2010-2011 :).

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    1. Sue, this is the first year we are not doing our driveway with the snowblower. We hired a guy with a truck. It's wonderful, except for the guilt I feel, lying in bed while I hear the truck plowing. Good luck with your shoveling!

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  5. What beautiful snowy photos, evergreens always look so pretty dressed up in white. The bright berries are beautiful, what shrub is that? Happy Birthday to Jim and happy new year to you both. The wind is whistling here tonight and I'm hoping the power stays on. Winter has arrived.

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    1. Marguerite, the red berries are on my winterberry hollies. I have four shrubs and one is already stripped bare (the deer get the berries, not birds). The other three were not browsed as much, but I know the deer will be back soon. Stay warm!

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  6. My favorite photo is the last. :o) Happy everything!

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    1. Tammy, my favorite too! Happy New Year!

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  7. Looks quite chilly out there today but those bits of red just pop! Such lovely winter interest. That's a gorgeous ribbon. :) Stay warm, my friend. And, have a Happy New Year!

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    1. Kate, the red winterberries are absolutely the only color out there at all right now. Have a great new year!

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  8. Happy new year to you as well, Laurrie! Great photographs, especially the holly.

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    1. Jason, thanks. JIm took all the photos, as usual -- I need to start giving him credit!

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  9. Lovely shots Laurrie! The snow settled on all of your plants looks so beautiful and festive! I like that sign with the different states on it! All the best in the new year and a happy birthday to Jim!

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    1. Nicole, the sign with the states points to where out adult children live now. I miss the days when they were all here at home --- enjoy your beans at this stage of their young lives!

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  10. Nice to see the "sparkle berry". I've done a good bit of wild harvesting that stuff down here on the Cape.
    Don't forget to check on that recovering Maple in all of this snow. we'd hate to see a relapse.

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    1. Forest Keeper, this last snow was actually quite heavy, and I've been out checking on the trees. The wounded maple from winters past is now held together with a steel rod and doing fine! So far.

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  11. Your garden looks wonderful covered in a blanket of snow. A true winter scene. I wish your Jim a Happy Birthday. A Happy Healthy New Year to you both.

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    1. Lisa, and a happy new year to you --- may it be a much better one for your garden this year. You are due for kinder, gentler weather in the coming seasons!

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  12. Laurrie, I love how snow changes the look of the landscape. You captured some wonderful shots. I'm jealous of your red berry in snow shots ... Superstorm Sandy took all my red winterberries so, this year, I will enjoy yours instead.

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    1. Joene, yes, snow is such a transforming effect, I am always amazed. This is the first year the winterberries have their berries in late December. One shrub has been stripped by the deer (it's never the birds, the deer eat my winterberries). But the other three shrubs have not been. Too bad about yours --- enjoy them here while they last!

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