Sometimes it can be hard to appreciate the garden in winter. Leaves have dulled to brown and fallen to the ground. Perennials have wilted and faded leaving behind dry stalks. Shrubs sit dormant in winter snow and wind. The vibrant colors and lush textures are gone for the season.
In the past, I found the garden ugly and unappealing. The only beauty I ever found was after a few inches of snow had covered the ground and plantings, leaving a decorative white and sparkly covering that made everything beautiful and magical.
More recently, I have begun to look closely at the garden in winter, and I have found those hidden treasures that may be subtle but are clearly displayed.
Even in treacherous ice storms, there is beauty in nature as the ice molds over leaves and branches.
Birds seem to find joy in simply being alive, singing, flitting along while foraging, and playing in the snow.
© copyright 2012 Michelle A. Potter