Last night, for the very first time during this very warm winter, the heavens spilled some measurable snow in my Hudson Valley ‘hood. The total accumulation was only two inches — enough to make the garden sparkle. Wanna see the plants and statues all decked out in their crisp, white apparel? Grab your mittens and take a walk with me:
Naturally, we should treat ourselves to some cake before we head outside. It’s a particularly decadent cake, because I made it with chocolate and red wine. Here’s the recipe.
Now click your heels three times, and…
If you’d like to see ribbons of enduring green (or white!) in your garden, then by all means obtain some boxwood. This Buxus is easy to grow. It’s also a cinch to propagate. I grew most of my collection (320 plants) from simple cuttings.
To our right is a row of arborvitate. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear birds chirping nervously among the evergreen boughs. The “arbs” were no taller than I am at planting time. Now, at 18 feet, they’ve become statuesque beauties.
And speaking of statuesque beauties, here’s Venus de Milo. In case you’re wondering, she lost her head in a lawn-mowing accident.
I hate to break this to you, but can’t
skinny-dip swim today. But we can certainly say “hello” to some classical statuary!
One fine day, I intend to purchase Ms. Winter and Ms. Spring. Then my collection of cement-cast seasons will be complete.
Beyond the pool and kitchen gardens is the Woodland Garden. The metal arch that marked the garden’s entrance was unfortunately toppled during a recent wind storm. And that’s a shame, because now we will have to hop over the thing.
What’s that you say?
You’d like more cake?
Alrighty then. Let’s head back to the house.
That was fun. I’m so glad you chose the faster descent.
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