What do you see on your garden walks? 2013

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Hoy
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Beautiful, Janet!
Adonis is one of my favorite genera but I have never had any luck with them :(

Michael, that's a good one! I'm looking forward to see my yellows ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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It isn't much green to see here, and certainly not any flowers, but snow.
We are spending some days skiing at our mountain cabin which sits in the subalpine birch forest at about 1000m in S Norway. Some spruces and pines also grow here.

We have only seen two flocks of ptarmigans, they used to be very common. We have not seen any live animals but lots of tracks of elks, foxes, hares, martens and relatives and small rodents. The latter prefere to move under the snow cower. We are almost alone here and do not meet any other people during our daily cross country ski tours.
A little snow has fallen every day and we have barely seen the sun. It is about -12 - -16C (10-3F) during daytime but absolutely no wind!

   

   

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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The dim winter light really shows in your pics Trond.  Of the winter snow covered areas in the U.S., Minnesota is one of the sunniest areas in winter.  There are lots of woody evergreens that can easily survive cold temperatures that we get here, but winter burn severely because of the relatively strong winter sun.  

These pics taken this morning in my backyard.
-- Amelanchier sp.
-- Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Lutea' with my "box" of potted materials covered for the winter.
-- Salix schraderiana, Picea asperata
     

-- Chamaecyparis thyoides
-- Betula nigra
-- Chamaecyparis thyoides 'Heatherbun'.  Chamaecyparis are incredibly flexible.  Heatherbun is is normally upright, and it will regain this stature when the snow melts off.  The dwarf plant is normally as high as it is wide in the photo.
   

-- our wild Juniperus virginiana, a volunteer under the tulip tree
-- Pinus strobus 'Wintergold', Betula nigra
-- Pinus strobus 'Wintergold'
   

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Rick, as you say, no chance for sun burning here, neither plants nor people - yet!

A real winter day in your backyard! Where are your skis?
The yellow leaves of 'Wintergold' looks nice in the snow. Some of the spruces here do get yellow in winter, especially the last year's growth.
You have to pay attention Rick or else your trees end up like this: (Betula pubescens var czerepanovii)

A few more pictures from yesterday. Today we are going home. My wife and daughter in action in the dim winter light!

   

Trond
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Nice winter views!
Trond- those are chilly days- we haven't had any that cold for a while..
Rick- lots of nice woodies there!

I don't have skis these days, but I have been running again, started just after Christmas- much of the time I am running on a road that my relatives built through the bush on the farm to connect a couple of different relatives farmsteads at opposite ends of the farm that would be much farther to drive by road. The loop I run is a little less than 2 miles, I think, and of course rarely any traffic (just a relative or visiting neighbour once in a while  ;D) but lots of tracks from coyotes, and some deer, rabbits, etc.
This day in January was a bit chilly to run with my low tech running gear, and a bit too much fresh snow for my running shoes (the relatives plow it regularly) so I just went for a walk with the camera..
First shot is a path I use for hauling firewood out of the bush with a toboggan, the others are on/from the bush road..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Cohan, seems to be a nice walk through the woods! And the sun is high in the sky ;) and shining too :o
Should be manageable to haul firewood in that depth of snow ;D

Trond
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Helleborus black Hyb

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs
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Michael- that is stunning!

Trond- it's a lovely route for a walk or a run - just me and the coyote tracks...lol The snow depth is not bad, and certainly less than wetter cold places- in the part of the bush where I am getting wood, the snow depth varies from virtually/none in some spruce stands to more than a foot in other spots. Fortunately much of my wood hauling route is the same- only at the farther points I have to branch off in new directions- so a lot of the walking/hauling is on packed paths that I have been using all winter, like the one I showed in the first picture...the (cheap plastic) toboggan was the best purchase I made all year! Previously we used a wheelbarrow when possible (not in the deeper snow!)and mostly carried it out by hand...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Michael wrote:

Helleborus black Hyb

Very beautiful Michael! Is it your baby? What's the name? 'Black Velvet'?

Cohan, I have a spare toboggan (we call it akebrett) which my daughters used when they played in the snow ;)

Trond
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Very beautiful Michael! Is it your baby? What's the name? 'Black Velvet'?

It is my own seedling but the parents a couple of generations back came from Ashwood seed. No name, just black hyb seedling.

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs
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