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dave

December 1, 2008
9:50 AM

Post #5846656

There are a total of 235 votes:


I have sculpture, stones or garden art
(47 votes, 20%)
Red dot


Some of my shrubs have unique branch patterns and colors
(38 votes, 16%)
Red dot


I have evergreen trees and perennials that add impact
(53 votes, 22%)
Red dot


I garden where seasonal changes are not noticed much
(47 votes, 20%)
Red dot


Other
(50 votes, 21%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

okus

(Zone 8b)

December 1, 2008
10:35 AM

Post #5846689

Gosh I was first! how did that happen? My garden is a mix of evergreens and deciduous plants so the leaf shapes and bare branches mix together to add winter character. We also have a winter flowering cherry that keeps hope alive even in the snow.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

December 1, 2008
11:28 AM

Post #5846743

In Kannapolis I have evergreens that add interest. In Asheville I had a few evergreens, but it was the red-twig dogwood that had the wow factor. We were there last week and it was magnificent!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 1, 2008
12:29 PM

Post #5846824

I have large rocks, a built up pond area, higher than surrounding flower beds. All this is surrounded by large Spruce trees, Dogwood shrubs, & Flowering Crab trees. I have the solar powered lights lining paths. Very beautiful when all is covered with freshly fallen snow.

Bernie
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 1, 2008
12:39 PM

Post #5846850

I have a lot of ornamental 'stuff' in my yard. Even though we don't suffer much with the seasons here in Southwest Florida, my preferred tree is the plumeria which has a very bare look in the winter.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 1, 2008
12:47 PM

Post #5846869

I have evergreen shrubs and sculpture in my garden. By the time the camellias stop blooming the lorepeduleum starts the symphony of blooms for spring.
dmcdevitt
Schroon Lake, NY
(Zone 4a)

December 1, 2008
1:14 PM

Post #5846928

All three of the choices on top! With winter as long as it is here, you do as much as you can.
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 1, 2008
5:03 PM

Post #5847611

Since ornamental grasses aren't supposed to be trimmed down until Feb or March, they stay as is in my landscape throughout the winter. I think they offer some of the prettiest winter sites like when the "brooms" catch the sun in the morning or when they have a bit of snow on them - which is rare around DFW, but it happens! :)


This message was edited Dec 1, 2008 11:04 AM

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 1, 2008
5:05 PM

Post #5847619

I really don't have much in the way of features...
I used to have some stuff, but had to take it down when something "grew legs" and I didn't want other stuff to do the same...
It's a shame isn't it?

Where I am, most of the trees, etc have lost their leaves.
I have stuff on my enclosed deck, but it's not viewable from the street (except for my Huge evergreen that's 60' tall). I have a large cement owl (about 150 lbs), and other garden furniture, but otherwise - nothing.
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

December 1, 2008
7:13 PM

Post #5847994

I have sculpture and living here in the Pacific NW you can't help but have evergreen as in conifers. My dh built me a wonderful iron gazebo which has roses trained to the posts. I have a lovely little rock grotto built for my mother by my dad but brought to our farm many many years ago as we sold the farm where I grew up. I have different fencings and hedges. Being on the farm I have more than average room.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 1, 2008
7:38 PM

Post #5848045

All of the above for me. I have beautiful evergreens and most of my deciduous trees have beautiful barks which show wonderfully in the winter sun. I let the berries dry on my bushes so they look nice until the birds finish them off. I leave most of my perennial foliage in the fall: lychnis, sedum, rudbeckia, euchinacea, sage, and grasses to name but a few make a luvly show in snow or no snow. I have sculpture, benches and stone steppers which keep interest alive. I add things that sparkle at Christmas time but have learned to only do this in containers unless you want a permanent sparkly garden (oops).

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2008
10:28 PM

Post #5848580

I voted "Other". I have LOTS of snow!
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 2, 2008
12:04 AM

Post #5848839

Ha Ha! That's our "winter feature" too...about 4 feet of snow! I THINK my new pergola will still be visible, tho. Visible, mind you, not necessarily accessible! :-)
ownedbycats
Southern, NH
(Zone 5b)

December 2, 2008
3:19 AM

Post #5849556

My other is also snow
tonyjr
Union City, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 2, 2008
3:27 AM

Post #5849579

Mine is kind of a mess . The fig is dropping leaves , the birds are tearing up the figs and the grass . 2 bare spots where my Brugs in pots were . Only 5 more to move into greenhouse .

Kylaluaz

Kylaluaz
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2008
4:01 AM

Post #5849684

I have rocks. And occasional lovely footprints from the stag that looks for food. An ant hill. Leaves blown all over. But the rocks are what make it. And the old rail fence behind...

Maybe next year I will actually have some plants! LOL!
grannymarsh
Marquette, MI
(Zone 5a)

December 2, 2008
4:45 AM

Post #5849779

'Other" in the form of 180 inches of snow (on average). And dog droppies.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

December 2, 2008
5:04 AM

Post #5849817

We have a split rail fence around the yard, a red branched tree (ornamental plum I think), a red twig dogwood and snowdrifts with perennials sticking up through them. I don't cut them down because they help hold the snow cover in place. Day by day changes keep it interesting, but winter is too long anyway.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 2, 2008
5:15 AM

Post #5849844

If I perfect my weather transporter (well why not! they did it on Star Trek in the 70s!) will you all please send me snow? We are very much into the dry, brown dead look for winters here lately and it's really dull. Thanks muchly. ps MaryE winter is not too long, it's just the perfect time to do a walkabout to plan next years additions and work up the budget to blow before the tulips finish :-) pss Its also the time of the sparkly winter garden fairys. They bring joy to others. I like to try to pretend to be one.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 2, 2008
6:39 AM

Post #5849977

I have tall Ponderosa pines that are lovely year round, also lots of rocks, in fact, more rock than soil, and cotoneaster and junipers that are red and green this time of the year. In the back I have a cast iron chicken and a cast iron turtle.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 2, 2008
7:02 AM

Post #5850005

Ahem edit: paj has a WONDERFUL cast iron hen and turtle. end of edit. saw the pics.
notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2008
3:14 PM

Post #5850770

voted other --- cuz i have all of the choices!
so all of the above!! :)

its snow covered and beautiful today!

This message was edited Dec 3, 2008 10:34 AM
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 2, 2008
5:00 PM

Post #5851091

Ahh, shucks dahlianut. Thanks for the kudos for my garden sculpture.
got2Bgreen
Coast range of, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2008
8:25 PM

Post #5851638

I have some of the first three things so I voted "Other". Still looks soggy in the rain.
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2008
12:45 AM

Post #5852473

Nothing grows here November through March with winds every day in excess of usually 35-40 mph...I don't even try to do anything but let winter pass. The last few days have been closer to 50mph winds.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2008
12:49 AM

Post #5852483

gessiegail,
Install a windmill! Sounds like you could make some $$ for your garden during those windy winters!
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

December 3, 2008
3:36 AM

Post #5852995

I put "other" because my main decor in the garden right now is wood piles!
htop
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)


December 3, 2008
5:19 AM

Post #5853396

I voted "Other" beccuse there was no "All of the above".
avaeads
Seward, AK
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2008
6:50 AM

Post #5853529

I live in Alaska, and like others of you that live in snow country, I voted "other". I gather pussywillow branches when they are in season and tack them in bunches to the posts on my 36 ft. covered porch. I feed hundreds of wild birds year round, but especially during our long winters. The birds love to perch on them as well as pick at the pussybuds, and it gives me places to hang my suet filled pine cones. They dress up the porch, plus bring beautiful color by way of my wonderful feathered friends.

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2008
1:57 PM

Post #5853990

We have had an early snow here so my garden didn't get final clean-up so there is a lot of ''interest '' this year.

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notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

December 3, 2008
3:39 PM

Post #5854337

here is a pic from last yrs winter garden

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dorothian
Bad Axe, Mich., FL
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2008
7:41 PM

Post #5855181

I have several kinds on grasses for lots of winter interest, also a dwarf Blue Spruce, a weeping evergreen tree that I call "COUSIN IT", a viburnam and a Kousa Dogwood both with lots of berries, and a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick with contorted branches. They all look good in the snow for the winter.
mothermole
Deer Park, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 3, 2008
8:26 PM

Post #5855323

I have a frozen over pond and stream bed with very large boulders and young saplings (it's a new pond. . . ). It look neat to me but hey-I paid for it and I am stuck with it now. . .LOL!
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

December 3, 2008
9:50 PM

Post #5855550

Do we have seasons in Southeast Texas?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 3, 2008
10:23 PM

Post #5855646

Summer & hotter summer ? LOL!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 4, 2008
12:40 AM

Post #5856070

Too funny. How about TX 'land of the winter cannas' :-) I went out to take some winter interest shots today and my camera iced up says mitten-clad dahlia. Fortunely only 18 days til spring whoooo hooo!!!!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 4, 2008
1:52 AM

Post #5856375

Is that 18 days or 18 weeks ?
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2008
2:12 AM

Post #5856440

It is only 18 days, but in Minnesota, it might seem like 18 weeks. (Takes a long time for the snow to melt up there.)
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 4, 2008
2:12 AM

Post #5856441

18 days. Winter solistice. The sun returns from hangning with the upside down people. (Hello friends in summer :-)) It's a time of great feasting and dances of joy when we begin to plan our seeding and the 'Wakening of the Dahlias'. Work with me CountryGardens! It's just such an obvious end to the time of the cold and the dark! Note now is the time to ensure that your maintain your daily requirements from the chocolate food group as you need to store up energy for the dancing.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2008
2:14 AM

Post #5856447

Indeed. And looking at pictures of flowers is helpful, too.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 4, 2008
2:35 AM

Post #5856506

No kiddin. TX, AZ peoples and Australian peoples have very nice flowers still.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #5856547

Yea. Makes me want to take a vacation to one of those places.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


December 4, 2008
3:24 AM

Post #5856697

only difference here between summer and winter is in winter I can get photos of the yard without sunshine

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pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2008
3:32 AM

Post #5856728

What an exotic, beautiful garden you have palmbob! Wish I could grow some of those fascinating species.
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

December 4, 2008
3:39 PM

Post #5857828

Wow, palmbob, I would love to have a tour of your garden and you could tell me the names of all your plants. So tropical. I love to see all the things I can't grow up here.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 4, 2008
7:45 PM

Post #5858724

I definitely have palmbob's garden on my list of MUST SEEs for CA. sigh today I'm homesick for summer. It's very cold and grey.
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2008
8:41 PM

Post #5858903

I am having the same problem. I am trying to make myself go out and plant some of my never ending stack of bulbs, but it is getting tough with it gray and cold out.
flowerfantasy
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2008
9:00 PM

Post #5858960

Well I had to vote other to ! the sun is shining but is really cold here in southwestern In. No snow thank goodness but time will tell. I have nothing either that is exciting as most of what I have out is very young yet.
Hey! palmbob jsut want to ask are those monterous things aloe of some kind or what? Very Interesting. I wish I lived where I could have something like that to look at all year !!!!!!!!
BuriedTreasures
Valrico, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 5, 2008
2:51 AM

Post #5860103

I coulldn't find the. "My garden looks like garbage, because everything is dormant" option, so I chose "other"
Planter56
Buffalo, NY

December 5, 2008
3:41 AM

Post #5860250

I wish I could grow things outside like palmbob does, but my winter interest is watching the birds eating the seed and the squirrls trying to hide the sunflower seeds, which means I'm going to have volunteers in the spring :) But then again I have my work and charity knitting and all those things that I have underlights :)
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

December 5, 2008
1:04 PM

Post #5860838

I put other because I switch my plants that can't take the heat to the outside during the winter, and bring in the ones that might take a chill if we get frost. So I have interesting things but what is around changes. I have some plants that flower year round outside (beaugainvilla, Stigmaphyllon ciliatum - the real butterfly vine, hibiscus - sporadic flowers, Queens wreath vine, miniature roses) I have brugmansia cutting that are rooting that I will bring inside when the night time temps drop below 50. I have a brug planted this last spring that is budding now (either Inca sun or noid white - granddaughter removed tags and I can't remember which is which). My crazy Moringa tree is still blossoming and setting seeds. I leave the berries on the Heavenly Bamboo because they're so bright red and pretty. Too bad I broke my camera when I broke my foot this last summer. Well, Christmas is almost here and I told my DH I really want to find a camera under that tree...

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allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

December 5, 2008
1:22 PM

Post #5860884

late blooming Stapelia getlefii (spelling?)

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cactuspatch
Alamogordo, NM
(Zone 7b)

December 5, 2008
3:40 PM

Post #5861323

I have lots of rocks for winter interest, bird houses and my ice plants and scabiosa bloom all year since they are planted in a southern exposure. We get some snow, but thankfully it is mostly on the mts. all around us so I get great views of it snowing without having to shovel. I love the fall leaves and Fire thorn berries.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltdiva/3067929065/

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2008
7:47 PM

Post #5862126

I need winter interest.
Noell_swfl
Fort Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2008
1:16 AM

Post #5863021

I am in SW Fl... not much change of season.. unless you want to count for going from hurricane season into cool season...

I do try to plant red and white flowers for the Christmas Holidays...

dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 6, 2008
1:59 AM

Post #5863159

Personally I wish no one ever has to count hurricanes again. Noell would you like some snow? or not. Most of my FL buddies vote not.
LostIndian
Algonac, MI

December 6, 2008
2:43 AM

Post #5863290

PILED HIGH WITH FALL LEAVES TO COMPOST OVER WINTER.
tonyjr
Union City, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 6, 2008
3:46 PM

Post #5864653

The only thing that has changed is I put 4 sets of net lights on porch . I have to buy 2 more sets for Orchids . I still have a few more plants to move into green house .
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 7, 2008
1:55 AM

Post #5866266

I wish somebody would give ME some winter interest. I just try not looking out the window until it's over. (sigh)

Anyway, I guess the first 3. We have a pretty arch at the entrance to the rose garden and several nice pillars here and there. There is a good grouping of large boulders in one garden. They are backed up by several evergreens (blue spruce and juniper). We have evergreens in several other places on the property as well.
HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2008
11:58 AM

Post #5867149

since i garden from containers on my deck there is no interest unless you consider 10 5 gallon containers wrapped in a white tarp. LOL

plutodrive
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

December 8, 2008
2:24 AM

Post #5869262

Grasses, deciduous shrubs and dormant perennials decorate my winter garden. I like to enjoy then cut down in spring or late winter.

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