A bright winter day

Last week, on a lovely but warm winter day, we took a lot of pictures of the garden in winter, and I thought they cheer you up on this very dark, wet day.

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Last summer Eupatorium purpureum, or sweet joe pye weed, grew 8 feet tall in my garden–scroll down through this post to see it in bloom. This winter the seedheads tower over the perennial border.

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The native perennials are brimming with seeds for birds, some that remain on the plants and some that fill to the ground. All winter, we watch the mixed-species foraging flocks come to feed.

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Little bluestem is beautiful in all seasons. In winter, it’s silver and gold. In summer, it really is blue.

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Hazelnut catkins–the male flowers that will bloom in very early spring–hand from the slender stems like decorations.

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Spicebush will be the first native shrub to bloom (I hope it holds off until spring). All winter long you can see the round green buds.

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