Sunday, January 31, 2010
today was cold, grey, foggy and rainy. a perfect northwest winter day, if you ask me. making it the kind of day where you might feel inclined to put on your wellies and head over to the arboretum to take a muddy stroll through the winter garden.
but not before warming up the insides with a bowl of steaming veggie pho from ballet. my favorite.
dubious fortunes and all.
right now is really the best time to enjoy the winter garden. most of all, for the witch hazel, which has a scent that i can't get enough of. some think it smells too soapy, but not me. we planted a small fragrant witch hazel near our front door in the hopes that it will grow and give off a lovely fragrance that we can enjoy as we come and go from the house in the winter months. until we have more than a few blossoms, though, i'm going to have to rely on the plentiful witch hazel at the arboretum to satisfy my need. there are some spots where you can stand amongst the trees where the most amazing scents waft through the air to hit you from all directions. i can't get enough of it.
also, you can't beat those spidery petals.
of course, the hellebore is coming up now. i have a thing for downturned flowers, too.
and there is the most beautiful lonicera that caught the raindrops so nicely.
and you can't have a winter garden without dogwood. red and green are both striking against grey skies or a blanket of back mondo grass.
even some rhododendrons are starting to bloom. i've always found the bright, tropical look of the flowers so out of place here in the northwest. but it's our state flower, don'tcha know. go figure.
i'm also a fan of cyclamen. until this year i had no idea that, in addition to being quite lovely, also smells amazing... like a sweet, sweet rose.
and please forgive the blurriness, but i had to include some snowdrops, as they are c's favorite winter bulb. i agree, seeing the delicate white flowers come up in the middle of the coldest months is always so heartening. and, hello again, downturned petals!
the only thing missing from my afternoon was being able to warm up after our walk in front of a nice, warm fire. i had to settle for a cup of tea and some quilting, which fortunately isn't really settling at all.