Potager in Winter

Winter trees compressed  We woke this morning to winter’s magic.  A gentle, all-night snowfall of the tiniest flakes frosted the trees and cleansed the view.  It was too perfect to stay indoors despite the single-digit temperatures, so camera in hand I ventured out into the still world.  I’m sure the snowman at the potager fence would have greeted me if his mouth hadn’t been filled with snow.  Snowman in winter compressed  I loved the snowfall on the potager’s entryway.  Gate in winter compressed  I’m hoping the potted boxwoods survive this long stretch of frigid weather.  Generally we don’t have temperatures this cold until after the holidays, when the boxwoods have been moved to the shelter of the basement.  You can’t see the tracks well, but a rabbit had already visited the potager gate earlier this morning, probably just to see if a careless gardener had by chance left the gate open a crack.  Once the gate was pushed open, no easy task with the frozen snow piled up behind it, the arches which normally disappear against the browns of the paths and boxes stood out starkly against the white landscape. Arches in winter compressed The arches have already been moved to the East-West central path for the coming season, back to their original position after being on the North-South path this year.  It’s partly to help rotate crops, and partly because I can’t decide which I like best.  There are benefits to both locations.  I’m just pleased that I can still move them by myself!  Another eye-catching item that is barely noticed during the growing season is the berry netting over the strawberry beds.  Berry netting in winter compressed  A thoughtful gardener would have carefully stored it away for the winter.  I’m congratulating myself that the netting over the berry rows did get rolled up this year, before the deer catch it in their antlers or feet and tear/drag it across the lawn into the woods as happened last winter!  If we get a warm spell maybe this netting will get stored away as well.  Maybe.  Moving onward to the south fence, normally I would take a break on this bench my father made for me years ago, but it’s not an option today.  Bench in winter compressed It will need a new coat of stain next spring.  I shouldn’t admit that it was on the job list for last spring as well, but never made it to the top of the list.  Sigh…  About face, back up the north-south path to the Lady Cottage, where the icicles add a delicate crystal edging.  Shed icicles compressed  It’s too cold to linger in the unheated cottage today, although peeking in the window I noticed the tea caddy left open on the table beckoning to me.  Another, warmer day perhaps.   Have you noticed that it is difficult for me to simply enjoy winter’s beauty?  Even a leisurely walk in winter’s wonderland morphs into a mental job list.  I think I’ll trek to the mailbox to see if more seed catalogs arrived.  I love the beauty of winter, but winter itself is better in small doses, and this morning’s short venture was large enough.  Besides, it’s beginning to snow again.  I think the view will be great from the windows!

Let’s just say this is Six on Saturday, even though I posted seven photos.  Thanks to The Propagator for hosting this meme.

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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8 Responses to Potager in Winter

  1. Lovely pictures! I like snow because it covers all the weeds – my plot being much less tidy than yours! Enjoy your seed catalogues and stay warm.

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  2. bcparkison says:

    Winter really can be beautiful.

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  3. This is the second snowstorm in a week for our part of the state. It is beautiful! I am sure I will get tired of the snow but not, yet. I was sorry to hear about Sue G. I tried to explain who she was to my husband but he is not a mystery reader.

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  4. Island Time says:

    It snowed here on the west coast yesterday too! Clear blue skies this morning, and not too cold, so a refreshing walk in the woods was in order. Felt like I was inside one of those glass snow globes with sparkles of snow drifting gently off the treetops; I knew I should have taken my camera along, but was already well on my way before I thought of it. I am glad that you took your camera with you! Nice to see the snowy potager. Yes, I would say that winter is right on schedule and already I am eagerly anticipating spring! Happy new year to you and yours!

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  5. Bonnie says:

    Enjoyed the walk through familiar ground. Looks beautiful. Your mention of tea reminded me to tell you that I’ve gotten a tea press. Need to try it soon. I will get back to you with an answer to your question as soon as I hear from the office in Anderson. Take care. Stay warm. Stay well. Love and hugs.

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  6. chooktherapy says:

    How beautiful. Snow isn’t something we experience over here in our winters in South Australia, and that snowman how delightful! Am a little jealous as we are about to get some really hot weather in a couple of days, so it’s getting the shade cloths up to try and save the tomatoes and capsicums from cooking!

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    • carolee says:

      My old brain still has trouble grasping the concept that while we are relaxing and celebrating the holidays during the quiet of winter (that is, not gardening) those of you on the other side of the world are frantically decorating the tree and canning tomatoes at the same time! I don’t think I could handle it, so kudos to you!

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  7. The snow is beautiful at this time of year, and so wonderful when you can get out and about in it for a stroll. We, too, had a very white and cold holiday season and the frigid temps are camped out for a bit yet. Looking forward to spring already!

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