For all my whining about the world of brown sticks you might not know there are two pockets of landscaping that hold winter interest quite well in the ridge top garden. One is just below the deck of the resident gardeners house. A strong planting of evergreens mixed with several deciduous shrubs contains a nice mix of plant size, form and color to give winter weary eyes something to contemplate while the forest rests for the winter.
A dash of sculpture contributes to the scene.
One thing these two pockets of evergreens have in common is they are located in openings of the forest canopy that get more sun.
Even in winter I don't do cooped up in the house all day very well. If all I get is a short stroll outside for the day it is better than nothing, no matter the weather. Crawford is checking out the newly reopened path through the front conifer collection. Twenty five years of growth was working to seal off this path. Some judicious pruning was in order.
In this high southern winter where it can be snow covered and frozen one day and allegedly warm the next, actual chores can be done in the garden throughout the year. Several layers of clothing may be required, but it is actually possible to go outside and work or stroll through the garden in relative comfort on a good many days.
Over the next few months I will continue to pick up sticks and begin the process of cutting down the standing dried stalks of the perennial wildflowers that refuse to be flattened on their own.
The winter garden needs to pull me outside and give me a reason to enter. I have a bit more sun at my place from all the utility lines running through. Thinning the forest will give me even more. Instead of small pockets that have winter interest, it should be easier for me to create a garden that works year round and proclaims its garden-ness over the entire space, even in the brown stick world of winter. The better to lure me outside to wander and putter when it is cold.