Sunday, January 31, 2021

Winter Garden

Winter Garden in Snow
Winter Garden as seen from the second floor

We recently had a significant snowfall in Wisconsin (where we are supposed to get snow).   The snow was the finishing touch on the garden vignette I had envisioned.  

Winter Garden in Snow
Winter Garden close-up

As the lawn disappeared beneath a blanket of snow, it settled on my mosaic table and chairs, and the arch I decorated with an evergreen garland and red bow.

Winter Garden in Morning
Winter Garden early morning

The garden is a focal point for noticing lighting effects.  On some mornings, the snow can turn pink and lavender as the sun rises.  (The photo above hints at this coloration - pink colored snow is a sunrise effect that I don't have a photo of, but on the handful of occasions it happens it's magical)

Winter Garden in Snow
Winter Garden when cloudy from East bedroom

Throughout the day, the colors of the snow and shadows change - sometimes gray, sometimes blindingly white.

Winter Garden in Snow
Winter Garden in sunlight

A cloud passing over can turn the snow a subdued gray or soft blue, and then moments later the sun emerges and the rooms inside the house light up with reflected light from the snow. 

Winter Garden in Snow
Winter Garden: Sunny Day late afternoon

The colors of the shadows change as well - in late afternoon shadows can turn a deepening blue as they lengthen and stretch across the snow.

The garden scene can be seen from three bedrooms facing the street.  The garden makes looking out the window to check the weather a pleasure. 

Bird Nest with Snow
Bird nest with snow

It's unusually quiet right after it snows.  The snow muffles sounds, animals and bird snuggle down, and things seem still for a moment - frozen (!).  Where do the birds disappear to when it snows?

Glass Garden Flowers in Snow
Glass Garden Flowers with snow Set 1

Closer to the house my (large) collection of glass garden flowers got dusted with snow.  I've made these flowers over the last decade or so.

Glass Garden Flowers with Snow
Glass Garden Flowers with snow Set 2

The snow melts off the glass plates quickly in the sun, but I enjoy the extra decoration that nature gives my collection for a couple of hours.

Glass Garden Flowers in Snow
Glass Garden Flowers with snow Set 3

People have asked me if I take in the glass flowers during the winter.  The answer is no.  There would be no room to store them and besides, in winter they are the only flowers still blooming!  The glass colors especially stand out in the snow.

Glass Garden Flowers in Snow
Glass Garden Flowers with snow Set 4

I have two matching planters that flank the door (one shown) that I decorate seasonally.  I love the way the snow covers trees, evergreens, and branches and shrubs.

Winter Planter Arrangement
Planter with winter foliage

My garden arch, the planters, the table and chair set, and the glassware that I used for the glass flowers are all resale shop and estate sale finds. 

I have a post on the glass flowers here, and the mosaic table here.  

Winter Garden in Snow
Winter Garden

The garden lies under the snow with over 100 tulip bulbs, many different irises, 4 rose bushes, daisys, black-eyed susans, and many other flowers.  I created it during 2020 with the extra time at home due to the pandemic.

Garden Art in Winter
Garden Art in winter

I look at the garden and imagine what it will look like in spring.  It's a strange gardening habit of mine to view a mound of dirt (or snow) and instead see future flowers...
Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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I am linking up to these parties:

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junie-jesh said...

The snow makes your garden chairs corner look like a fairy tale. Am beginning to see how much of an artist heart you have! If you lived closer, I could see myself being inspired to make a mosaic table top. (If you think it's too rusty, you could always give the legs a paint job Or?). Love your use of blue! The stepping stone is so beautiful.

When you can make art pieces like these Jeanne, who cares about traveling!! (teasing! My period in rural Pioneer was staying at home for 6 years, but it was the only way I could paint a 10 x 17 feet and two 9 x 7 feet paintings - good art just cost a lot of time and $$).

I have my art on artnotes 2016 (dot) wordpress (dot) com - when you click on the three horizontal lines on the top right corner it will show up.
Just can imagine how your garden with all these tulips would look like! Love you have connected again to All Seasons! Jesh

Shiju Sugunan said...

How artsy!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I love your winter garden. They say with planning a garden can be a lovely landscape for 4 seasons and yours is magnificent!

Elena Alice said...

Oh wow, pink and lavender hues on the snow during a beautiful sunset sounds so dreamy! Visiting from Random-osity's link-up. You have a beautiful winter garden!


Photo Cache said...

Very pretty scenes.

Worth a Thousand Words

Lady Fi said...

Ooo - so pretty!

Birgitta said...

Wow! Very beautiful!

MIchelle @ Moms Are Frugal said...

The snow on your garden is beautiful. I love the different views, shadows and lighting that was cast from the sun. the bow on top added a perfect focul point and brought out a color contrast. Peaceful place to gather thoughts.

NCSue said...

We had about 1/2" of snow here in North Carolina last week. You'd think we were buried up to our chins in the stuff the way some folks carry on! But you guys had a genuine snow storm... which you can kindly keep in Wisconsin where, as you said, it belongs!
Thank you for sharing your photos with us at

Peabea Scribbles said...

Such a pretty setting with the snow. Like the nest one too. Stay warm. Happy week.

junie-Jesh said...

Thank you for your visit, which gives me a chance to comment on your glass flowers, and your stained glass angel! I love you work with glass, and seeing the angel was made in 2011 you have been in this mode for a decade already! I don't say craft, this is art!! You are an artist my dear Jeanne:):) Jesh

Julie Briones said...

I love your plate flowers! So pretty, and the look lovely dusted with snow!

Veronica Lee said...

Love your enchanting winter garden!

Happy Wednesday!

Life Images by Jill said...

oh the garden setting looks delightful covered in snow and framed by the archway. And I love your glass flowers. Blooms all year round! Take care, stay safe, enjoy the rest of your week, and thankyou for visiting my blog this week.

Joanne said...

So pretty! We just got some snow this week and I do prefer that white blanket to all the dead looking plants and grass.

Lydia C. Lee said...

Just love the heart shaped nest!

Rita C at Panoply said...

Jeanne this is so BEAUTIFUL! I used to run out to my garden to capture the beauty of snow on hardscape and plants....thank you for sharing these photos! We haven't had any significant snow yet here in WV (zone 7a). In fact, today I saw swarms of robins landing around town, which is something I always look for in of the first signs of nature reawakening!

Diana said...

You have a magic garden! And magical hands!
It's a wonderful garden. I like the description of the color of the snow! The table and chairs look like cookies. :)

betty-NZ said...

Your back yard looks like a magical place covered with snow! What lovely photos. I really like the nest with the ring of snow.

Thank you for being a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

Winifred said...

Love your garden especially the flowers. Such gorgeous colours.

French Ethereal said...

Hi Jeanne! I tried again to copy and paste a photo for this week's Share Your Style #291 to share your beautiful winter garden, but alas it won't. :( However, I added your post as an Honorable Mention. <3

I love the changing sunlight and I think my favorite is the winter afternoon light photo. Well, off and running to school for work!

Have a great day and I hope you are enjoying your Valentine's season,
Barb :)

italiafinlandia said...

your winter garden scenes are so pretty!
Love the glass flowers. What a nice decoration.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Priya@MasalaVegan said...

Absolutely stunning photos! Found you through the Blogger’s Pit Stop Party 🙂

Clearissa said...

Very beautiful scenery indeed. I love the way the little table set and arch look covered in snow. So scenic. I absolutely love your glass flower garden. That is so creative. I may visit my thrift store and try my hand at a few of those. Thank you for sharing at #omhgww. Your post will be socialized if buttons are available. See you next week.

Ann said...

Beautiful! I love the look of fresh, fallen snow! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

Captured by Jade said...

Oh, what picture perfect scenes with that fresh snow - not even a footprint! You have a beautiful garden.

Mami Made It said...

Wow so much snow. Beautiful pictures of your garden. The scenery is magic. I love your glass art. So pretty!
Have a nice day! Petra

Create With Joy said...

Your garden is SO much fun!
Congrats for being featured at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! :-)

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Such a winter wonderland. We don't get snow, once in a blue moon. I love seeing it on the trees and shrubs. Thanks for sharing. I am happy to feature your winter garden at Love Your Creativity on Sunday.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Wow, your garden is so beautiful in the winter! I am a snow lover from NY.

Lana said...

I love how the snow looks like marshmallows on the table & chairs. cheers! #KCACOLS

Arun Goyal said...

Wow ! The idea of planting Glass flowers is brilliant as they are looking astonishing .Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

Katrina | ChatterFox said...

What wonderful images! It's like a wonderland that I just want to step inside and I absolutely love those glass flowers, I can't believe you made them!

Katrina x

The Autism Page said...

What a beautiful blanket of snow, so magical with the garden scene.
Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

colleen said...

I've been thinking about a snow tea party. Maybe I can get my potter son to make me some flowers like that. Love them.

Sara Chapman in Seattle USA said...

Such a charming tableau. The sun and shadow ones are my favorite.

The Crowned Goat said...

This is so beautiful! I can't even imagine that much snow or how cold it must be either. I'm always thankful when others share their snow photos because it never snows in Florida so it's really fun to see. Hope your week has been a magical one, CoCo

junie-Jesh said...

Dearest Jeanne, Many thanks for your kind comment on my art web page Artnotes! Read your comment on my email, but can't find it on that site. True the first ones could be used for a mosaic!! Who knows one day I might try it! Really hope you will pursue more art - you have the eye for it:) Jesh

Shelbee on the Edge said...

What beautiful wintery scenes! Your garden is gorgeous all blanketed in snow and I bet it is so magical when the sunlight reflects different colors off the snow. I really love your glass flowers! And I would leave them out all winter long as well. They are the perfect cheerful pick me up! Thanks for linking with me.


Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh I adore that plate flower garden! And it looks so magical in the winter too! Beautiful!

I've featured this in this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk Projects! Thanks for linking up!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I’m not a snow lover, but your beautiful pictures and descriptions could change my mind (pink snow from the sunrise? Now I want to see that!).

Violetta said...

Great snowy pictures. Greetings from the Tyrol to Wisconsin.
All the best Gerda

Alexandra EyeLoveKnots said...

WOW! Incredible! How neat that it created a dome on top of the tables and chairs.

dee said...

Your garden looks so dreamy. <3
Stay warm. Have a good week. :)

tiredbutcraftymummy said...

The snow makes your garden look so magical. We never get snow like that where we live. The best we get is a little dusting! #KCACOLS

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful wintry photography ~ very creative displays in the snow ~ your glass flowers are awesome ~ glad they endure the winter ~ love the bird nest ~

Living moment by moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Bill said...

Very artistic and pretty. Beautiful winter photos.

Mascha said...

Looks so pretty in the snow. Yeah, the light over the day can change the colors and the whole sight.
But now: let spring come soon!

Karl said...

What a nice setting ! Lovely !

Jeanie said...

This is so very beautiful. I feel like I've stepped into a magical world and visiting a spot where only the fairies can sit, for they will leave little or no mark. It is simply enchanting and I look forward to the day when I'll see those blooms nearby.

Your glass flowers are exquisite -- I can see why they are outdoors all winter -- they are the only flowers in sight in our northern climates!

Thanks so much for visiting me at Marmelade Gypsy. I'm especially delighted because it brought me here!

george marhsal said...

Great post. The Garden looks captivating. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful content.