Beauty of the Winter Garden


Cone flower.

Cone flower seeds in side garden.

It’s about 4 on one of the shortest days of the year, getting dusky outside although there is a pretty pink sunshine in the trees.

From here on out, the amount of daylight will slowly rise, and even though the coldest part of deep winter is ahead, that promises a future spring.

Yet, even as the gardens are asleep, I like the quiet beauty of the ghosts of last year’s plant.

Here are a few winter garden images from today, Dec. 23, 2011.

Hydrangia

Hydrangia bush--the kind Mary hides herself in during "It's a Wonderful LIfe," but not in Iowa in December ...

Lantern

Even with all the pretty organe fading away, the lantern on a lantern plant looks intersting.

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