Monday, December 06, 2010

Why Is Gardening Getting To Me?

The answer is SNOW!  My garden is covered up, the snow blower and the shovel are my new garden tools!  I just love those grasses peeking out of the snow and my alley garden has been plowed but not totally covered up yet.


What happened to the color?  It looks like everything is in shades of gray and white.


The Rhodies have curled their leaves under the snow.

As you can see I did not cut down the Miscanthus Udine yet, I will be sorry!  Pennisetum always looks good in the snow and Panicum Northwind is the stalwart of the winter grasses.  Oops, my cabbages have had it and just about all of the holiday containers have been buried in snow.

Miscanthus Udine

Do you recognize the container in the header?

Rainbow Knockout

Too much of this already!  When I move inside, it is all about color, the poinsettias, the cyclamens, the tree, paperwhites and amaryllis.






Happy Indoor Gardening!


32 comments:

troutbirder said...

Mmmm. Well very nice pics. I love gardening, mostly wildflowers and prarie restoration but prefer to look at it from indoors in my reading chair. Snow is nice to look at but.... From a Minnesota blogger. :)

Edith Hope said...

Dear Eileen, I see that C. 'Henryi' has finally finished flowering!!!

Your garden looks lovely in the snow...especially so when viewed from the warmth of indoors. Your indoor arrangements are spectacularly festive. Perfect!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

White is a great color too! Your amaryllises are already blooming, wow!

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

No snow here yet! We did have some flurries but the ground is too warm still for any to stick around. sure looks like Christmas up there!

Karen said...

Eileen, your garden is gorgeous in the winter, even though it is all gray and white. We still have no snow here yet, and I kind of wish we did so I could give up on going outside to finish up things left undone. My feet get so cold!

I cannot tell you how much I admire your holiday decorations, your home looks so inviting and yet truly elegant. The best of both worlds!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

HI Eileen. Your garden looks beautiful with all of that fluffy white stuff. Like you I would rather see colorful flowers so it is gardening indoor now for the colors we so crave.Your Poinsettia with the white edged leaves is so pretty. Stay warm and have a wonderful week.

joey said...

Wow, Eileen! We had a dusting, nothing like your snowfall. The western side got hit and we are heading north today so expect to see plenty of snow. Pretty poinsettias ... I have the pink/white too but love your variegated that I have not seen anywhere here.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Troutbirder, thanks for visiting. I am sure you are very used to the snow.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Edith, Yes Henryi is gone, hopefully to come back in the spring.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Tatyana,

The amaryllis is a Christmas Amaryllis. They are difficult on find at the nurseries. I had to order them online.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Dave, don't wish for the snow. It is pretty to look at but difficult to get around when it's falling.

Eileen

Bernie said...

You have had some snowfall! Just looking at your photos has cooled me down ... it all looks like a winter wonderland to me, but I know it's different to actually live with it.

I must say that yellow poinsettia with the pink centre looks fabulous ... well your indoor plants all look fabulous. Stay snug and warm.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Karen, but I would bet your garden is spectacular with the snow in the quarry and on all of your grasses. I can't believe you haven't had snow yet!

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, I guess I didn't realize how unusual that variegated poinsettia is. I have not seen it anywhere but Costco. Maybe they have it bred for them, ha, ha!

I will have to look it up and see if it has a name.

Eileen

LC said...

Unfortunately we didn't get a whole lot of protective snow but we did get the cold... thankfully everything that needs a burlap wrap has one... hope it snows pretty soon. Amaryllis in bloom already? wow... I just potted ours up today... we've been pretty busy preparing for The Messiah performance this past Saturday and four other Christmas concerts that we are involved in as accompanist and musical coach... haven't even thought of decorating yet... reminds me of when I was teaching! Larry

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie, I love looking at it but not driving in it or walking on the ice. When I was young, I spent most winter days outside, building snow forts, making snowballs and ice skating.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, it is really going to be bitter here tonight, 4 degrees. I hope our winter is not as extreme as our summer! I am going to try and find out the name of that variegated poinsettia.

Eileen

allanbecker-gardenguru said...

As someone who has watched your colorful garden grow all season, it feels haunting to observe that it has been transformed into a gray and white composition. Of course, the amazing images [as usual] help to convey that very "chilling" scene.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Larry, it is a Christmas Amaryllis and they bloom much faster than the regular large amaryllis. I ordered them from Scheepers or VanEnglen (same company).

Larry, we are still teaching, just a different type of classroom!

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Allan, it is a chilling scene to me also. I am having trouble imagining where all the color was.

Eileen

Zoey said...

How sad to see your beautiful outdoor containers succumb to the weather. At least you can now focus on indoor projects.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey, the outdoor containers should be fine once the snow melts off of them. They are all cold hardy plant materials, but that won't matter if you can't see them!

Eileen

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your garden looks pretty even under snow. I love how the arch looks with snow on it. I guess you'll probably be seeing white for most of the winter. I keep wondering when we'll get it again since that's all we've heard about lately.
Your Amaryllis look beautiful!

myfrenchkitchen said...

Oh, just look at you snow photos!! I'm so envious...we get snow but not that much and it melts so quickly. I love a garden in snow!
Bises
Ronelle

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Catherine, I think we are going to be in for snow and cold this winter, more snow for the weekend.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Ronelle, I know the snow looks so pretty but difficult to drive in. We are really cold here 11 degrees F.

Eileen

Cottage Garden said...

Eileen, your garden always looks so beautiful and in the snow is no exception!

It's been bitterly cold here again today - I can't remember such a cold winter - even last year when it was quite prolonged we didn't have the kind of temperatures we are experiencing this year.

Enjoy your indoor gardening!

Jeanne
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Gatsbys Gardens said...

Jeanne, I always think of England as a more temperate climate but I do remember several years ago when our neighbor got snowed in for a couple of days in London with the flights not taking off.

Eileen

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

We have so far escaped from November and now are well into December with not much more than the slightest dusting of snow. it seems ironic as we are north of you. Your garden looks beautiful all covered in snow and the pair of amaryllis continue to look amazing!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Jennifer, I am surprised you have not had any real snow. We are expecting snow again tonight and more for the weekend.

Eileen

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen you and I are stalwart fans of grasses in winter : ) Your garden looks beautiful in white .. we just have to bite that white bullet for a few months don't we ? LOL
Joy : )

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joy, we are getting more white today with very blizzard like conditions.

Eileen