Saturday
Jan032015

Best of the Rest 2014

Another year has zoomed past, and it is time for my annual "Best of the Rest" feature. These are photos taken in 2014, but for various reasons did not make it into the blog. Nevertheless, they deserve a look, and overall they provide a quick review of my garden through the year. So, a little drumroll, here they are!

January:

February:

March:

April:

May:

June:

July:

August:

September:

October:

November:

December:

I hope you enjoyed my 2014 leftovers! Did you have a favorite month?

Saturday
Dec272014

In the Gray Mist

I woke up this morning to a steady downpour. The rain has come and gone, and throughout the day the landscape's stark beauty has been shrouded in gray mist.We tend to have dreary, damp winters, and in a month or so I will be tired of it and ready for spring's explosion of color. But now, there is something cozy about the gloom. The moist air settles around me as I drift slowly around the garden, and I have no complaints.

I am fascinated by the silhouettes of tree branches and seed pods. Can you guess what these are?

Hickory nuts

Crape myrtles

Pine

I examine the patchwork pattern of lichens growing on a Japanese maple trunk. Lichens are not harmful to trees; in fact, they are a sign of good air quality.

This leaf is clinging to a branch on the same tree:

A bicolor leaf seems to be caught between fall and winter:

The clouds are heavier now, and the mist is turning again to rain. I am moving toward the house when I hear a sweet song piercing the gloom. I walk around a shrub and catch this wren singing from the roof of a birdhouse:

Wishing you all a Happy New Year, and may there always be a song in the midst of a rainy day.    Deb