Photos are from Eddi Reid in Columbus, Ohio, who says,
"I am sharing two sets of photos - one outside set and another of the inside
winter garden. The beauty of the snow in early winter highlights the structure
of plants, trees, and hardscape. While the snow and frigid temperatures reign
outside, inside our front entry all is warm and plant-filled. This is where we
can still bask in sunshine whilst watching birds both inside and out."
Gate through to "Stephen's Grove," a garden of
memories. The gate is guarded by two large ornamental pear trees planted in
2000 as a wedding gift to our daughter and husband from a close friend.
They chose to be married, in (her words), "the most beautiful place in the
world!" Alberta spruce and snowball viburnum stand just before the gate
with an ash tree to the right. Honeysuckle and wisteria cover the fence.
Spruce, ash, and Japanese maple by the side gate
Huge locust overhanging my favorite bench, with wild locust
and red oak backed by Norwegian spruce. This was a decrepit tree, so badly
damaged that I asked my husband to cut it down then I nurtured one small shoot
until we have this beautiful tree. 1984 - now.
Amelanchier leans down to embrace a fountain and mingle with
the branches of spice bush.
Begonia - unknown type
Coleus and pink geranium
Geranium and bougainvillea
Lilies,succulents, geraniums, and planters full of sprouting
amaryllis - last year we had more than twenty blooms - they were glorious.
Norfolk Island pine with grey Dusty Miller and more
geraniums, plus a very large begonia (again an unknown type - a
gift. The cage contains three parakeets.