This morning we awoke to several inches of snow, and I caught a few photos before my children trampled it to mush. At center above is the dwarf Arctic willow, whose lines are so pretty in winter.
Here is the same area from the other direction. Substance is provided by evergreen boxwoods, lavender shrubs and deciduous butterfly bushes whose leave haven't fallen yet.
The sitting area at the Northwest arbor doesn't look very inviting right now. Brrr!
The three contorted filberts (two green, one red-leaved) all look great in the snow. This one has been in the ground for three growing seasons and hasn't gained much size, but maybe next year it will finally leap.
The honeysuckle on the swing set holds the snow beautifully, while the surrounding honey locust trees show off their elegant winter form. This is just the sweet corner, eh?
The butterfly bushes leaf out late in spring, but they've held onto their leaves longer than any of the other deciduous shrubs. In the spring I'll cut them down nearly to the ground to keep them dwarf.
Sadly, the view in the front yard is a little different after the big wind storm (up to 70 mph gusts) last week. There should be a blue spruce in the background of this photo, but look what happened to it . . .
The spruce tree kept leaning farther toward our porch with each monumental gust of wind, so with the neighbors' encouragement, my husband tied a rope from the tree to his truck and pulled it over in the other direction. It popped off at the base and has since been cut up and carried away.
Even if the tree had fallen, the damage would have been minimal compared to what many in Spokane experienced. Hundreds of trees fell and many hit houses, cars, and even people. Fences blew over, shingles flew away, and I watched a neighbor's metal shed somersault over their fence. Power is still out in many areas. This was the one time I was glad to live in a young neighborhood without mature trees. Of course the damage would have been even worse a month ago when the deciduous trees had their leaves. As it was, the toppled trees were mostly evergreens. But on the bright side, many of us here are feeling sincerely grateful for blessings we often took for granted before, which is perfect for Thanksgiving week.
I am going to take a break from blogging until the new year, so I wish you happy holidays!