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Winter Wonderland

I am definitely not a fan of winter, especially in Minnesota.  It seems to go on forever.   By the time February rolls around I am completely ready for it to be over.  My impatience with winter grows each year that passes and I dream of living somewhere much warmer and milder some day.  There are those moments, however, that the beauty of winter catches me by surprise and my negative view of winter softens…at least a little.  Yesterday was one of those days.  We had a light fluffy snow fall over night and the sun was shining bright in the morning.  It was sparkly and magical looking outside with the snow glistening on the ground and in the trees.  I decided to take my camera out and take some random shots of this winter wonderland.  Soaking in the winter sunshine also does wonders for the spirit!  Happy Valentine’s Day!!

A view of our hayfield behind the house.

Lonely Liatrus plant standing in the garden.

Undergrowth in the woods.

Oak leaves hanging on until spring.

A view towards the river.

Coneflower seed heads ready to burst.

Standing on the back deck.

Crabapples.

Snowy branches.

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A Rainy January Day…

Every Saturday I make a trip into the big city to take our daughter to rehearsal for the youth symphony.  This weekend she also has a piano theory exam to take at a local college.  I’m waiting for her now.  I spend a lot of time driving and waiting for my kids at various activities these days.  It’s one of the reasons I decided to start blogging.  Recording aspects of our country life provides me with an outlet while I wait at practices, rehearsals and lessons in my crazy and chaotic modern life.

Today is a dreary and rainy winter day in Minnesota and it definitely doesn’t feel like January.  Instead, it feels more like April with its snow-melting spring rains and I’m daydreaming about spring and my gardens. I’ve started noticing the gardening magazines in the grocery store check-out line.  Although they call out to me as I stand in line, I have resisted purchasing any so far.  The seed catalogs have also started to arrive in the mail and I peruse them with grand ideas of all the different vegetable varieties I am going to try this year.

My real gardening passion is flowers.  As each growing season comes to an end, I contemplate all the things that I will grow “next year” in my flower gardens.  On this rainy day, looking at random pictures of my flowers cheers me up and inspires me for the upcoming growing season….even if it is months away.

William Baffin climbing rose and Jackmanii Clematis

Zinnias and Bachelor Buttons

Hollyhock

Johnson's Blue Geranium

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