The first snow

There’s something about the first real snow.  Everything softens.  The last vestiges of a decaying autumn change overnight to a magical world.  This snow was wet and heavy and clung to branches.  Unfortunately that meant power outages and broken tree limbs for some, but no one could deny the sheer beauty of the white fluff.

The garden as the first flakes began to fly


Later on in the afternoon.. garden lights on


The next morning at sunrise


Bent birches


Sunrise catching the tips of the maples











Garden stones and structures

Its raining hard outside, snow on the way in a couple of days.  Yesterday was the last hurrah for the lawn –  it was mowed and then the machinery was cleaned up and put to bed for the winter.  The last of the mums and other perennials were cut back and composted and other chores completed.  I put the deer fence put up around the azaleas and arbor vitae.  I use 6 foot tomato stakes pounded into the ground at intervals.  Then I take fishing line and string it at the top and also at about three feet high.  My dad always used this method around his veggie garden, and it works very well.   Its not the loveliest of garden structures,  but it keeps the deer from nibbling all the buds off things, so its worth it.

Speaking of garden structures….  since things are pretty much done out in the garden except for the wintry scenes to come, I thought I would show you some of the stone and other structures I have in my garden.  These photos were obviously taken earlier in the year.

This lovely lady was given to me by my in-laws..  she says, “welcome to my garden, please enter and enjoy”


I purchased the birdbath many years ago when we lived in Rhode Island, the globes were given to me by my sister Betsy and hang on shepherd’s hooks used in son Matt’s wedding.  The star came from neighbor Sally’s farm, the birdhouse was purchased locally



The fish mobile was given to me by my in-laws and came from Minnesota


This fencing was in the garden when we moved here.. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first but now I love it as it has aged and become covered in lichens


A sand cast cement birdbath I made this spring


Stone birdbaths purchased at  stoneyard nearby


Birdbaths with some water in them


An old soapstone bird of my grandmother’s


Granite bench which was in the middle of the field when we moved in..  it looks better in the garden


An iron dragonfly purchased in the San Juan Islands when on a trip with son and daughter in law in the 90’s


Beautiful old pot from Kilbridge’s in Groton


This soapstone sink was given to me by garden club friend Mollie.. I turned it into a trough


The birdbath was purchased locally, the iron pot is not old but has rusted nicely and makes a great trough for saxifraga


This rock sculpture was given to me by friend Joan and is called ‘Joanhenge”


Swan given to me by my sister Betsy for a special birthday


Here she is potted up


I gave this birdbath to my mom years ago, it broke into pieces one winter.. I glued it back together and now have it in my  garden


A trellis I purchased locally


Another cool trellis


We found this iron kettle under 3 feet of snow (after it melted) at our first house in W. Simsbury, CT in 1978


And last…  a living sculpture..  Happy Thanksgiving dear readers…I am thankful for all of you.






Its frosty out there

It finally happened.  Jack Frost came by and put his special touch on everything.  In the early morning, the plants have beautiful frosty edgings.


Sunrise on the garden globe


The porch plants came inside to their winter home.. a  shower stall in the downstairs bathroom makes a great little greenhouse


By mid-morning, the sun has warmed things up.  The real cold is coming the end of the week so over the weekend it was time to finish the fall clean-up.  Patio and porch furniture came into the garage for the winter, ceramic birdbaths were emptied and stored away so they won’t crack, trellises/stakes/and supports stashed away and deer fence put up.   I took bushels and bushels of decaying plant material to the compost.  The Sheffield mums are still going strong so I left those alone.


Smokebush leaves continue to change


The gorgeous red blossoms on the pineapple sage remain


The meadow received its annual mowing


One last alpine strawberry


A thrift decided it wasn’t done yet


A leaf hanging on


And a turkey in a ma-a-ple tree……


My garden club maintains a lot of different areas in town and those all required clean-up this week too.  Yesterday we cleaned up the Blue Star Memorial so it would be ready for today’s ceremonies.  Thank you for your service, Veterans.