A busy gardener apparently forgot to finish tucking the garden in for the winter. A few pots and a bench, which has been tipped over by the wind, still need to be brought in for the season. Stalks, laden with seeds, were left to feed the wild ones who prowl the garden in the barren winter-time.
Leaves of huechera (coral bells) peak out of the snow, reminding me, as I leave the butterfly garden and head up the trail along the creek, that greener days are coming.
The creek scurries downhill, rushing while it can, toward the south. Soon, it will be hidden again ~ for weeks on end ~ beneath the snow and ice of a northern winter.
all photos by Aisling, December 28, 2008