The Winter Garden — Its First Winter

The Winter Garden — Its First Winter

Winter Garden close up 12.4.2014We just planted them a month ago, but some of the Sparkleberries (Ilex verticillata) are holding their berries and looking so bright and festive.  And some of the Miscanthus grasses  — also just planted – are holding their seed heads.  The combination is exactly what I was hoping for: a lovely winter effect that doesn’t just rely on evergreens.

They’re all quite small still, and don’t give the full effect.  But I could not be happier.  Well, I could be happier if it would snow.  Then the red berries and white plumes would be even more wonderful; the contrast of bright red and white will be especially festive in the snow.  If it ever snows!

The first spring and we can see a few areas underway – just.

The project is going much more slowly than I had hoped.  But some of the plantings we did last fall are indeed growing, and we are really, really, really coming to the end of the construction so we can do some the final soil grading, amending and planting near the house — though maybe not till fall. Another season lost.  Sigh.

Winter Garden showing Sparkleberries, Miscanthus, Serbian Spruce

Winter Garden showing Sparkleberries, Miscanthus, Serbian Spruce

Pergola under construction showing orchard in background

Pergola under construction showing orchard in background