Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's Officially Winter

Well the longest night of the year came and went on the 21st launching us officially into calendar winter.  I say this because I feel that Dec 1 was the start of winter here in southern middle Tennessee.  We have had below average temperatures for most of this month except a few unseasonably balmy days on Monday and Tuesday this week (60F).  I got out and took a few pictures since the weather was nice.  Hard to believe snow is forecast for Saturday morning!

I like this climbing euonymous, it keeps my spring house from looking so bare.  It is incredibly easy to root too.  Usually it's color is more variegated when new spring growth appears.

I searched high and low for a bud on my white hellebore (my sister already has one on hers) but alas I came up empty.  I am constantly looking for plants with winter interest and these never disappoint.

Carex (sweet flag) is looking fresh edging my goldfish pond.

Surprise!  I actually found some fat buds on my winter honeysuckle and winter jasmine.

We are blessed with native cedar trees...ahh green in winter! 

What's this?  A touch of purple still lingers!  Thank you heuchera.

Euonymous shrub (Blondy)- I like the yellow stems and crazy variegation don't you?

My woodland garden spot..sleeping now but in spring I hope to see a crop of spanish bluebell bulbs waving hello among many other things I planted last summer.

Pixie, I don't think there is a Christmas present in there for you!  Merry Christmas to everyone.  I hope you get lots of great gardening stuff in your stocking and under your tree..and maybe even a tree!


  1. OOOH. .a tree. .I NEVER thought to ask for one of those. .but that would be great fun!! Hope you get everything you "needed." But most of all. .hope you get a very merry Christmas!!

  2. It's working now! Yeah! Hope you have Happy Holidays!

  3. Evergreens are so welcome this time of year. Maybe since winter arrived earlier this year, it will leave sooner!

  4. You can always find something to look at in your garden! Love the background and nature sounds...except I think I hear a dang fly! Never a dull moment at your blog...