Frosted, Not Cake

Frosted, Not Cake

We had another one of those beautifully hoarfrosted mornings the other day. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate D’s birthday than to postRead More

Hoarfrosty Morning

Hoarfrosty Morning

I had not heard the term hoarfrost before moving to Iowa. I suppose it existed elsewhere in the world and no one told me. Did the world think I wasn’t to be trusted with such a word? Maybe. And perhaps they had good reason.

Drifting Sculptures

Drifting Sculptures

The wind and snow are sculpting the landscape here in the Midwest. I do like snow drifts, as long as I don’t need to move them. And even when I do have to move them, I am impressed by their size and contour. (I am also annoyed by their mass when shoveling or tractoring).

Yellow curly willow – winter color

Yellow curly willow – winter color

I know, it’s about time I posted. Now would be a great time to reflect on the 2010 gardening season, but that’s a bigger topic than I can manage at present! This one will be about yellow curly willow, which I now think I like even more than coral bark curly willow! Time will tell. My yellow curly willows are a little older than than my 2 newer varieties: coral bark and scarlet, and the branches tend to become more contorted in years 2 and 3.

Buddha Isn’t Cold

The Buddha doesn’t feel cold the way we mortals do. But somehow I feel he would not like to be completely buried in the drifts. Yep,Read More

Winter Comes

I find myself recomposing this entry. I had it set to publish on the 31st of November. I think that confused the system and now theRead More

First Big Snow

I alluded to the snow in my last post. It has come. It is the wet, heavy, stick-to-everything variety helping to create a winter wonderland inRead More

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