While winters with a frozen ground and snow are perfect for all those perennials that need dormancy to sprout in the spring, in New England, this also means that outdoor gardening goes dormant as well. This time of year is what makes all those plant & flower catalogs and gardening magazines seem even more colorful.
The December 2009 Fine Gardening issue was a favorite and also the spring White Flower Farm catalog. There is a lovely photo of an epimedium with orange flowers which reminded me that there is an epimedium nursery about an hour away that I am planning on visiting this May.
There’s also the winter nature scene that is colorful as a backdrop – with all the leafless trees, birds are more easily noticed, as are paper wasp nests hanging from branches. A red fox (there’s one in our neighborhood) stands out against the snow, and a hawk’s flight can be followed for a longer amount of time. Winter also makes you stop and smell the roses.