This Week in the Garden – December 28

This week I’m featuring my mom’s garden in Southeast PA! I visited my parents for Christmas, and took a few pictures outside on a day of unusually warm weather.

Front Door

Front Door

First, front door with their “fruit” wreath. I thought this wreath looked so pretty against the newer black door. I remember most years growing up, my dad would install a spotlight to shine on the front door for Christmas.

Wreath with fruit

Wreath with fruit

Near the front door, out front, is this giant Rhododendron bush. You can see here that it surpasses the first story of the house, so it’s at least eight feet tall. This plant is about 30 years old, maybe even closer to 40!

Giant Rhododendron

Giant Rhododendron

Many buds are starting to form for the Spring show on it.

Rhododendron Bud

Rhododendron Bud

Also getting ready for Spring, some daffodils have already started coming up.

Early Buds

Early Buds

Out by the end of the driveway, bordering the neighbor’s yard is a large forsythia bush.

Forsythia

Forsythia

This will be covered in yellow blooms this Spring.

Forsythia Buds

Forsythia Buds

Sometimes I need to use my hand for a better detail shot. I suppose I could start going out with a colored piece of foam-core or something instead.

Bark of a Cherry Tree

Bark of a Cherry Tree

This cool looking bark is on a Cherry Tree. I like how it looks “zippered” where the two main trunks split.

Moss

Moss

This cute moss is everywhere! There are a lot of mature trees in the yard, giving moss and lichens the ideal environment to grow.

Brush Pile for the birds

Brush Pile for the birds

What’s also great for this ecosystem is this brush pile in the back- perfect for little birds, many of whom I saw hopping around it.

Happy Hellebores

Happy Hellebores

The Hellebores I gave my mother last spring are still happy in their pot. After transplanting them later after they flower, I hope they’ll really start to spread.

Asiatic Lily dried pods

Asiatic Lily dried pods

They’ve also left some dried heads for the wildlife this winter, including this dried Asiatic Lily pod (above) and a dried Daylily head (below).

Dried seed head from a Daylily

Dried seed head from a Daylily

And one of my mom’s favorites in the garden is this stand of Sensitive Fern, Onoclea sensibilis.

Stand of Onoclea sensibilis or Sensitive Fern

Stand of Onoclea sensibilis or Sensitive Fern

It’s grown quite large over the years, as she has encouraged it to spread out. In the winter, it leaves these little guardians to tell you where they are.

Sensitive Fern in Winter

Sensitive Fern in Winter

Also known as the Bead Fern, for the little “beads” that are left in the winter months on this deciduous fern.

It can be challenging searching for life in the winter garden, but the more I look, the more I see.

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