Monday, February 6, 2012

Heathers + winter blooming heath

It's no secret that I love snow and have my fingers crossed for a big storm soon, but one nice thing about the lack of snow this winter is that we can actually see our heath and heather garden. The past few winters they have been blanketed under insulating snows, which helps with their delicate root systems that don't run very deep in the ground. The summer lime green colors of this heather (above) turn a stunning red in the winters, and is appropriately named "December Red." In the photo frost covered silvery wholly thyme cascades down over a wall in front of the striking red foliage. And even sweeter, look at the blooms of our heaths (below)! These delicate little pink bells are a rare treat in the dead of winter, but are so small they are easy to miss.

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