How High’s the Temperature Papa?

She said it’s 8° and Rise’n

A cold, but sunny, New Year’s Eve.  A temperature of 8° with some overnight snow .. the morning sun, low in the winter sky, made everything glisten.  A good day for hot chocolate and a couple of Johnny Cash albums on the turntable.

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A scattering of tree trimmings, drying out for a future bonfire

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Tree trimmings ready for a spring project – what to construct with these?

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An organic art installation – eat your heart out Morton Arboretum

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‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea, a native cultivar adding interest to the winter garden

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Wild Quinine still standing strong with caps of snow

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Rudbecka laciniata – Golden Glow, the finches love the seeds, I love their drama

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Switchgrass – still young, but looking good and catching some rays

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The birds are not hungry enough to eat the asparagus berries yet

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Some winterized Woodland Sunflower, Helianthus strumosus

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Oh my, Pennisetum ‘Hameln’ .. a non-native charmer

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Bits of unearthed construction debris stacked for a future project

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Granite cobbles, as art, until needed for some other use

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Neptune does not look happy – he never does, but he still makes me smile

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White Pines and Cup-plant – lovely in winter too

When nature surrounds your home, there is always something that inspires awe – a kiss of winter sunbeams and a dusting of snow makes it all a bit more magical.

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Happy New Year copy


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