Winter walk

This morning, I found it hard to wake from a long and pleasant dream concerning seeds. When I stepped outdoors, teacup in hand, the low was 25F. Yesterday, it was fifty something, maybe 52F. That’s life on the plains. One day you’re up, and the next you’re down–sometimes in the same day. After I ran Bear to school this morning, I rushed home because there was good frost everywhere. I do love frost as the sun comes up. Everything sparkles.

Go on, winter garden, sparkle while you may. Pretty soon, all this brown foliage will be cut down for new grasses to emerge–new life to begin. I am ordering seeds with trepidation because of the last two years of heat and drought, but I’m also trying to maintain calm and serene with whatever comes.

I can’t control the weather, but I can enjoy a gift, this morning of diamonds in my normally gray and brown winter world.

Here’s hoping your February is also filled with sparkles and other good things. March is coming. I can feel it on the air and in the soft ground. I can hardly wait.

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21 Replies to “Winter walk”

  1. Diamonds. I love that description of frost. Yes, March will be here soon. I’m hoping this summer we will both get lots of rain – wouldn’t that be a change!? I love your glass flowers in your black mondo. I’ve recently fallen in love with black mondo grass, and your glass flowers set it off beautifully.

  2. What a beautiful grouping of photos at the top of the post! You’ve welcomed us very effectively to Oklahoma, where your garden is waking up and the dew is sparkling all around. Lovely!

  3. Could the Panicum be ‘Shenandoah’? I also love switchgrass, for me it is an essential plant. Thanks for sharing your garden decorated with ice crystals.

    1. Hi Jason, it could be, but I have ‘Shenandoah’ and ‘Heavy Metal’ in other spots. It doesn’t look like them in the growing season. It was my first panicum, and I’m afraid I forgot to label it. Anyway, it’s still lovely.

  4. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world this morning. Spring is marching on fast this year. How different each year is from the previous! Let’s keep hope. We had three inches of rain night before last, yes, and the day dawned like paradise. Love you~

  5. Ah yes it was crisp this morning! But now it is a little warmer. I did my rough till on the area where I’m putting my early stuff on Wed. We did get a little rain here near Seminole ( Oklahoma) yesterday! it was such a sound for sore ears! The promise of spring is sure in the air!

    1. Robin, how wonderful to hear about your tilling and preparing of the soil. I would love to see your farm one day. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  6. Here’s hoping 2013 offers a better growing season for you and the gardeners and farmers in your region. So far, we’ve had good rain in the Upstate of SC since the first of the year, which is a boon to our lakes and resevoirs. Unfortunatly, it’s been warmer than usual and the peach growers are stressed about getting the number of chill nights needed for productive fruiting. I’m thinking about my friends in New York and Boston today too. Weather is really crazy all over the place, isn’t it?!

    1. Hi Marian, yes, the poor farmers. They’ve taken it on the chin for two seasons. I bet the peach growers are very worried. Ours always worry too. Those late freezes are devastating. The weather is simply nuts.~~Dee

  7. Yes, we gardeners are a hopeful bunch. As I looked out this morning the wind was whipping around. I saw several yellow crocus buds awaiting some sunshine to open to. I hope the sun waits until I return home to shine so I can see them open. Have a great weekend.

  8. The winter landscape does have a different beauty. You inspire me to look and appreciate what is there now and be calm about what may come later.

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