My property is a sea of white once again, thanks to the nor’easter that roared through New York’s Hudson Valley on Wednesday. Feel like romping through the snow? Then by all means join me on this brrrr-isk and brrr-ief garden tour:
Tip! If you have forsythia in your yard, do what I do, and cut a few branches in December. These, if plunked into a vase of water, and if placed before a window, will produce a bouquet of goldenrod yellow in early January. (The shrub can be forced anytime after it has received 30 cumulative hours of temperatures below 40°F.) Here’s a nifty way to display forsythia indoors.
True Confession: No sooner had I typed “wedding cakes” than Billy Idol’s “Nice Day for a White Wedding” started to play in my head.
Please make it stop.
I will also have to knock the snow from the tall arborvitaes that screen the swimming pool at the top of the south hill. I’m afraid some of the branches are already permanently bent, and will have to be tied upright when spring arrives.
If we hang a right past the arborvitae hedge, we can catch a side-view of the Kitchen Garden. If you’d like to see this garden in its summer glory, visit this post.
Is Miss Autumn dressed to kill, or what? I love her hat and stole. Ermine, you know.
Here’s the Hudson River tributary that runs behind the Woodland. Look carefully, and you’ll see a duck in the water.There are many more ducks, and geese, too, farther up the stream. What an intrepid bunch!
Shall we head back to the house? There, a roaring fire and a drinky-poo await.
Standing behind the kitchen garden, we have a rear-view of the house and its multiple rooftops. The structure with tall chimneys is the “main house.” The long building on the right is the music room. Between the music room and main house is the dining room. The building in the rear is the old kitchen wing.
Now, normally we’d make our descent to the house via the steps of the Serpentine Garden. But today, because the cold has made us feel giddy, I think we should cast caution to the wind, and slide down the hill.
Don’t pretend that wasn’t fun.
As we sit and sip, perhaps you can tell me if the sight of freshly-fallen snow appeals to you. Personally, I love it. Especially at Christmas-time.
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