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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Winter Garden vs. Summer Garden

This really does seem to be the never ending winter. I walked outside today in the snow yet again. Up at the cottage in northern Michigan the cold and snow is still in full force. I'm longing for my garden up there and for winter to be over. Thought I'd share some winter garden pictures and the garden that I hope survived this winter.

You can see the top of my garden bench sticking out, it is buried in about 3 feet of snow pack. That is not even drifted snow, just a solid blanket.


This is what I hope to restore the garden to this summer.


Winter vs. Summer
  This was a new part of the garden last year. I added lots of hydrangeas, climbing roses, clematis, petunias, snap dragons and alyssum to name a few.















Here is a winter view of the fire pit. What you can't see the fire pit? Yes it is buried under snow.


I'm hoping to sit back there again soon!


I've been invited to participate in our town's garden walk this summer so I anxious about getting the garden back in shape after this long, long winter. The frost line this winter is about 5 ft down, really extreme even for northern Michigan. I just hope the snow is gone and the ground thawed by Memorial Day, so the official planting season can begin!

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25 comments:

mariondee-designs said...

What a difference from one season to the other. I love your spring garden it looks beautiful! take care, maryann

Brooke Kroeger said...

This is so pretty! I hope you will share it at my NEW 'Home Sweet Garden' link up party every Tuesday starting April 1st! Love your shares... Happy Spring! Brooke www.creativecountrymom.com

Debby said...

Wow, you still have so much snow. We live in Ohio. It is snowing right now and going to be in the single digits tonight.....but Spring will be coming soon I hope. I hope it does for you soon. As far as the fair garden , I am putting it in front of a window for sun light and hoping I can keep it alive before it goes outside.

NanaDiana said...

Laura- I could almost laugh if it didn't make me feel like crying. You have THE MOST GORGEOUS YARD!!!!! So very pretty. I am so over winter and we got more snow last night and a high of 20 degrees here today. It is just crazy! Your fire pit has disappeared!!!!

lala said...

Absolutely beautiful garden! Your hydrangea are amazing - mine never have that many blooms and I have tried several varieties. Good luck with the garden walk, I'm sure your garden will look fantastic - looking forward to the pics!

Jeanie said...

Looks to me like Charlevoix has a lot of melting to do until you can get digging in the garden this year! I hope the weather turns "right" so yours will be quite lovely once again!

Tante Mali said...

Dear Laura,
oh my poor girl, still so much snow in your garden - and what a beauty it is in summer!!!!
Send you tonns of sun to melt the snow
all the best from Austria
Elisabeth

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that your garden is back to it's beautiful spring self very soon! xx

mzzbev said...

I picture heaven to look like this, sitting in the midst of it all on a cool summer morning with my cup of coffee. I hope and pray my backyard looks like yours someday. We might be in Manistee by the end of April! So excited! Anyway, this is a weird request and only if you have time, but is there some way you can label which blooms are annuals and which ones are perennials? Signed, -Brown Thumb :( (Bev)

Susan Clayton said...

Sighing over the garden pictures. Congrats on the garden walk invite. Angels to you!

wendymead@mac.com said...

What a beautiful post!

Dee Lapin said...

I love your gardens! It will be nice when the snow finally melts. I'm so over it too.

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Nancy said...

Your garden is charming. Charming and stunning. Love the bunny tucked in the hydrangeas, and your roses are gorgeous. You really have a green thumb. Hope you'll be able to get back to gardening very soon.

Michelle Pitts said...

Wow...your garden is beautiful...love everything but the hydrangeas are my favourite with their pastel blooms. I cannot comprehend for the life of me how a gardens survives under all that snow and blooms like that. Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing...I loved looking at everything. HPS Michelle

a2susan said...

What a contrast! How lovely to see your garden and all the beautiful flowers, just what we need to get through this last part of winter.

LANA said...

Everyone is super sick of winter. Your garden is so colorful and beautiful. Spring is on it's way, hang in there, you'll see green soon!

Villrose said...

What a contrast! Beautiful Hydrangeas.
Here, the Winter is finally gone. Spring and sun is here :-)

Rosine Apfelkern said...

♥♥♥
Rosine

Lulu said...

About now, you must be thinking winter is never going to end, but what a beautiful sight you have to look forward to!

Red Rose Alley said...

Laura,
Your garden is so beautiful. I love looking at it. It is so green and groomed, and the difference between summer and winter is amazing. You have the prettiest flowers, especially those pink roses. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your world. I know you can hardly wait for spring to arrive, but I can't help but love the wonderful snow that surrounds your home.

Have a good week ahead.

love,
~Sheri

Babs R said...

Oh, I'm having garden envy. LOVE, love your hydrangeas!

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Your hydrangeas are beautiful...your whole garden is beautiful!!! It's amazing how that much snow can cover it and it rebounds back. I'm now a follower of your enchanting blog~~~

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh, how I'd love to take a tour of your gardens, Laura! It's all picture perfect and I hope your plants survive the harsh winter. Now I want to pull out the shrubs in front of our house and fill the space with hydrangeas like you've done. I've been wanting to do it for a while, and after seeing your photos, I'm inspired to start the change. Thanks for sharing!

Jann Olson said...

Laura, your gardens are always gorgeous and among my favorites! How I would love to see it in person. Can't believe how much snow you still have. That's why I love Spring so much. Just always amazes me how everything comes to life after being buried alive. lol! Hang in there friend. It will come and you will be out there enjoying it before you know it! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous gardens with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

The Tablescaper said...

Your gardens are amazing!!!!!

So wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays. Looking forward to having you join this weekend as well!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

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