The Garden came alive with activity this morning. The area surrounding the bird feeder was buzzing as a light snow fell. Visitors included Blue Jays, Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Juncos, Sparrows, Nuthatches, Chickadees, one Red-bellied Woodpecker, and even a couple of squirrels coming and going. Snow White herself, would not have had a finer guest list, nor would she have enjoyed her coffee as much. Look close in these pictures, and you can see the Juncos busily pecking the ground under the Azalea.
And speaking of Azaleas, note the wonderful structure that this particular specimen (Rhododendron mucronulatum) is providing. It offers the birds a safe haven as they wait their turn to visit the feeder, and an interesting structural pattern, in an otherwise dull landscape.
Consider all of the seasons as you choose the plants that will make up your landscape. Spring and Summer are times of brilliant color, Fall a time of warm hues, and Winter a season of simple beauty. With a little planning you can create a four season landscape, a haven for wildlife, and your own “Snow White” Garden.
May you find peace and simple beauty in your winter landscapes. Happy New Year!
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