Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up January 2017: Snowy Views!

January 2017 Garden
Welcome to the first Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up for 2017! There is big news for the month of January, as I am very excited to be announcing the soon to be official launching of my second book! It is a continuation of the first and there will be a post forthcoming with the details, so stay tuned! In the meantime, it’s Bloom Day and we’ve had a lot of snow in my Long Island garden.There will be some snowy views for January, so do come along and take a look.
Nandina domestica January
The month of January started off with normal temperatures for this time of year, in the 30’s, with a light dusting of snow on the 6th. The forecast predicted another 2-4 inches for the next day, but winter storm Helena brought us 7.4 inches of snow to blanket the landscape. The garden turned into a winter wonderland!
Weeping Norway Spruce
To get these views I waded through the snow in winter boots to get to the gardens. There is nothing like the sight of the first white snow on branches of evergreens to show off winter structure and view the gardens from a different perspective. This glistening snow on this Weeping Norway Spruce is part of the pool garden.
Evergreens in the Winter Landscape
Along the driveway entry is Weeping White Pine (green foliage-closest), Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (blue foliage-center) and Golden Oriental Spruce ‘Skylands’ (golden foliage-end). The red branches visible in the background are those of Coral Bark Maple ‘Sango Kaku’. The red hues are much more pronounced after a winter’s snow.
Northern Cardinal
A northern cardinal visits the bird feeder in our backyard every morning and I can view him from our patio room overlooking the garden.  Sparrows, Chickadees, Morning Doves, Blue Jays, Mocking Birds and Juncos also visit the feeder on a daily basis. I used my telephoto lens to get this close-up, so not to disturb him.
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and Coral Bark Maple

Here is a closer view of the Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and Coral Bark Maple along the driveway. In the same garden is Golden Oriental Spruce ‘Skyland’s displaying its bright yellow-tipped branches.

Skyland’s Oriental Spruce
The tree, which was planted back in 2008, is now twenty feet tall by three feet wide.
Nellie Stevens Winter Berries
I enjoy planting trees that will supply winter interest on the property and this Nellie Stevens Holly is one of them. Its bright red berries that form in autumn become even more prominent in winter.
Dried Hydrangea Flowers January
Here are some of the remaining flowers from Hydrangea Tardivia, which I leave on the tree for winter interest. It blooms on new wood, so any dried blooms that don’t blow away over the winter can be pruned in early spring.
January Poolscape
In the backyard, here is the covered mountain lake pool completely under a layer of snow. The pool area is surrounded by evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.
Gold Mop Cypress Winter Color
Here is another of the many evergreens around the property. Gold Mop Cypress adds some color to the garden, especially in winter. As you can see here, many of the shrubs are snow covered with only the bottom foliage exposed, which creates an inviting haven for birds. I watch them tuck themselves under the branches to keep warm, and almost got a photo, but the little Chickadee hiding there went deeper into the shrub. I backed off not to scare him away.
Lamp post Garden January

More snow covered scenes around the property include this lamp post at the end of the driveway, where a Weeping Norway Spruce is the focal point…  

Weeping Japanese Maple Winter
and a snow covered Weeping Japanese Maple.
Feeder in Winter
As we head back towards the warmth inside, the cardinal is still enjoying the feeder, and the morning sun highlights the garden.
Golden Sweet Flag Winter
I couldn’t resist capturing this as a photo. Even Bear cannot “bear” to look at the snow covered landscape before him, and dreams of warmer days ahead! He’s counting, and there’s 63 days to go until the official arrival of spring!
Garden Bear Winter: Hiding from the Snow!
The temperatures warmed up dramatically right before Bloom Day with some rain that melted all the snow, but I was able to get those snowy views to share with you! The forecast for the rest of the month calls for warmer days, going up into the 50’s, then back into the 30’s and 40’s to finish out January. 

Hellebore ‘Shooting Star’

Here is some anticipation of what is yet to come. I am sure there will be more snow covered days before the warmer temperatures arrive, and I do enjoy the beauty of a landscape covered in glistening white.
January 2017 Garden
I hope you enjoyed your stroll through my January garden. Special thanks go out to our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Today’s FlowersFloral FridaysMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods. Also check out In a Vase on Monday at Rambling in the Garden, Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day and Saturday’s Critters.

As Always…Happy Gardening!

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