Weather traces … funny moods

First snow, November 13, one-half inch, but heavy and wet. Though the snow flattened much of the garden, it recovered in a day.

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But I like its temporary flatness.

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The sprawling grass blades, the stippled blacks, browns and golds recall the ironic beauty of disarray and destruction in an Anselm Kiefer painting.

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The mood is lively. More birds are out now that the leaves have fallen from the trees. They’ve lost their forest cover and come to feed on berries and seed heads.

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Though this snow could have ended the garden for the year, I’m rather delighted with the energetic mess of colors and shapes. On days like this the garden has a crazy atmosphere of change. It lifts my spirits.

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The house rests like a stable ship above the disorder of a rollicking sea of vegetation and frozen precipitation. Comic, happy-go-lucky spirits are at play …

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… at play for a while. All this will soon end.

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The garden’s become a joke, coated with wet snow, slipping, trying to stand, but mostly unsuccessfully.

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Salix kyoryanagi ‘Rubykins’ bends easily but whips upright as soon as it sheds the frozen weight.

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Believe it or not, this Miscanthus giganteus lying flat behind a Button bush and a tall dried Silphium laciniatum was totally upright the next day.

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A hosta trying to rebloom, but too late.

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12 thoughts on “Weather traces … funny moods

  1. James, as always, your photos are fabulous. They convey such a sense of place, atmospheric in a way that pleases me enormously. I also like the flatness, especially knowing that most plants will rise again.

  2. You have a healthy attitude toward having so much of the garden weighed to the ground. It’s nature’s slapstick, not nature’s vandalism. Though I was glad to see that my switchgrass was able to right itself after being weighed down by ice and wet snow.

    1. I like that. “Nature’s slapstick.” My grasses did upright themselves, but we had a snow and ice storm over Thanksgiving from which most of the plants will not right themselves. That was the end of the garden for this season. I may still get some interest if we have good frosty mornings. Waiting to see.

    1. Thanks, David. I hope winter in the desert is treating you well. We have friends who are thinking about moving to Sante Fe. At this time of year, the southwest does sound attractive.

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