Our new shipment finally arrived! I have been swamped unpacking, cataloging and setting each piece. Will share a preview after the dust (the good kind from antiques :-) settles!
Tom and I have also been busy getting ready for house guests and a family dinner for 25 on Christmas Eve!
I needed a mental and physical break, and found some quiet time in the garden. After an hour or so in the cold, it was time to come in. I was reminded how much I love the winter garden: the bones, crisp air, starkness and silvery palette. And, how much I love coming inside from the cold.
To quote Edith Sitwell:
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home."
May your home be filled with all the warmth of the holidays! Thank you kindly for visiting my blog this year. I really appreciate your friendship and support! Cheers ~ Loi
Below the waist-height yew hedge is a busy city intersection at the bottom of the hill. Even without their foliage, the hornbeam trees provide wonderful texture. Holly trees and boxwood add to the overall structure. To see this garden in spring, click here.
I designed these cedar gates, which are silvering to a gray patina after 2 years. The square spindles are inset on the diagonal. The walkway is crushed pea gravel compacted with sand over poured concrete. I don't care for soft gravel surfaces where the heels sink in.
The other end of the boxwood garden is a borrowed view of our neighbor's home, which I love and incorporated into our garden vista.
There are a total of 16 hornbeam trees, and they are sheared 2-3 times a year.
The above photo was taken 2 weeks ago. Hornbeams tend to hold their foliage well into December.
The white border garden. See more here.
Above: dusty miller. Below: "Silver Anniversary" abelia shrub with a couple lingering blooms.
The sky cleared to a beautiful blue.
Reflected in the courtyard's little fountain are "Natchez" crape myrtles. The cinnamon gray-brown bark is particularly striking this time of year.
And here is the blue garden in winter. I do not cut back the Russian sage until spring. It's silvery texture really pops against the evergreen cryptomerias. To see why I call this the blue garden, visit here.
Next to the chimney pot are blue beard (caryopteris) shrubs.
Red twig dogwoods and holly berries keep it festive and fabulous for Christmas!