For this month’s Flower Friday, I thought I’d share some of the contrasts between winter and summer, as well as the little bit of color we see around here during winter. It’s difficult to believe that the brown and dead bush seen in the top photo will become the beautiful clematis in the lower photo next spring!
Our barn garden is mostly just a sea of white this time of year, but one day it will turn green and colorful again!
I don’t cut back the dead plants in the fall for a reason….in the photo below you can just see the deer tracks coming up to those plants, and they’ve been up there more than once. Both deer and birds can find things of interest even in the dead plants.
While there are no flowers this time of year, this bush (I don’t know what it is) still has it’s red berries which are pretty against the contrasting white snow.
And when all else is barren, Luke’s red coat brightens up the landscape!
Thank you to Living, Laughing and Barking in our Backyard for hosting the Flower Friday blog hop, especially during this long and cold winter when we need to see some color, even if we have to search for it (or use past photos!). Please visit other blogs through the links below.
sand spring chesapeakes says
I just love the photos with your chickens!!!
I love those contrasts! And the red berries. And Luke’s red coat!
I agree about not cutting back stuff in the winter. It’s food for hungry animals!
I used to cut everything down….now I’m so glad I learned not to. Plus it helps keep the soil more fertile too. I did cut some sunflowers down to give to the chickens though! 🙂
Ellen Pilch says
Every season has something beautiful.
Winters can actually be very beautiful when you have snow.
We’ve had plenty of winters with very little snow, and it’s just very depressing. At least the snow is pretty, there’s nothing good about cold temperatures on their own!
LLB in Our Backyard says
What a beautiful contrast! Sometimes(usually in the summer :-)) I think gardens are just as beautiful with a fresh coat of snow, as they are during the summer months!
Thanks so much for joining us for Flower Friday!
Jakey, Arty & Rosy
You are welcome – we really enjoy it, since flowers are another passion of ours. There is definitely something very pretty about fresh snow on flowers….I hope we get some of that this spring. One year, before we joined your hop, we had some snow on our spring flowers and it was SO pretty!
Bell Fur Zoo says
We wuv da berries up against da snow in dat one picsur!! So pretty and such a big difference between winter and spring 🙂
Matt & Matilda
That’s why we love the changing seasons so much!
I love the contrast between the two seasons … just when you think everything’s dead … there are shoots of life. And even the deer can find good. Beautiful analogies.
It keeps hope alive! ♥
The Tribe of Five says
It’s the same at our house. I love wandering through the front garden with the female human but that won’t happen for a while, it’s full of deep, deep white stuff!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Ours got packed down by rain, so you’d be able to walk right over the top of it, Alberto! As long as you don’t mind getting your paws cold and wet! 🙂
Thanks for giving us a few pretty flowers and snowscapes to look at on this dreary day! I love the world when it’s covered in snow almost as much as I love the flowers, but all of our snow melted yesterday and we just have mud everywhere! This was a nice break from that!
We lost so much snow in the warmth and rain, and it was no longer looking very pretty. But luckily we got just enough to cover up all the ugly….and we have a few more inches coming this week too! We did enjoy the warmer weather though, it was so much more comfortable outside.
Madi and Mom says
What a great idea to show contrast ’cause we surely don’t have many blooms. Mom resorted to posting fake flowers today.
Luke I love your red coat…
Hugs madi and mom
Now I’m out of ideas for the rest of the winter though! 🙂
M. K. Clinton says
Wow! That is a huge difference in seasons. LOL! Spring and winter are beautiful there.
I love the changing seasons here….but winter doesn’t have to be twice as long as every other season. LOL
Brian Frum says
Yep, that sure captures the big difference in the seasons!
isn’t that amazing how different a place looks when covered with snow? I can’t wait for spring the cold outside is awful…
I usually don’t complain about winter until February or so, but this one has been so harsh already!
Mary Hone says
Goodness, what a difference. You are probably really ready for spring.
I wouldn’t mind more time for snowshoeing….but it has to be much warmer than it has, that’s for sure!
We always think about the difference in our minds, but the photo comparison is good.
It was that clematis bush that really struck me the other day. I can’t believe that it totally blocks the view of the porch from that angle when it’s in full bloom!
It’s lovely to see the contrast between the photos! It must be quite exciting when the snow melts. We don’t see much snow, so I’m always keen to rush outside and play before it disapppears.
It is exciting when it melts, but not at this time! We had a big melt this last week, but we’re not really ready for that until March (and by then we’re always more than ready!). We want some more play time before it goes away. 🙂
Shadow & Ducky's Mom says
Winter is just part of the cycle of life – the old making way for the new – but it has its own beauty in the process.
Love Luke’s red coat! Ducky’s winter coat is a red plaid. ❤️
Luke and Ducky look good in the same colors! I’d love to have a plaid one for him. I had a pretty blue plaid one once but it didn’t fit quite right.