Winter Views by Jo Busha, Author

After a cloudy morning when the wind blew straight out of the north, the afternoon had turned sunny and pleasant. Though I had already taken my 40-minute walk, the lovely sunshine drew me outside again. Camera in hand, I tromped around the snowy yard looking for (mostly imagined) signs of spring. What I found was winter. Not surprising for early February in Vermont.

Photo hard globs of frozen snow on branches

The ice storm of a couple of weeks ago still has its frosty grip on the trees and shrubs. Hard globs of frozen snow remain caught in their ones and twos on the upper branches.









Photo ice encases forsythia branches

Hard, translucent, glistening ice encases the west side of the forsythia.

photo rhododendron ‘Laurie’ crouches under its protective house

And the rhododendron ‘Laurie’ crouches under its protective “house,” waiting to be liberated when the snow finally goes.






Photo gardening tools in potting shed for winter

I ponder the gardening tools and equipment in the open end of the potting shed that also wait to become of use once again.

Photo pot of frozen Japanese forest grass

A pot of frozen Japanese forest grass crouches next to the doorway, sleeping through the warm afternoon.





photo Empty window boxes in winter

The shed’s window boxes sit empty in the afternoon sun. Come June they will be planted with the ivy geraniums whose seeds I planted yesterday.

photo flower buds in winter

I find flower buds – the fuzzy star magnolia buds and the delicate clumps of andromeda. I am reassured that spring will be beautiful when these plump buds open.




photo flower buds 2 in winter

But for now, the colors are muted. I’ll leave the Christmas wreath on the front door for a while longer – in the cold the evergreens do fine, and the red bow is a welcome spot of color.

photo Christmas wreath remains on front door

Photo cardinal birds in snow

The cardinals at the feeder, too, offer a bit of startling red when the sun hits them. And in the snow that came the next day (top of post), seeing those red birds made me happy.

a book cover with a photo of a lush, Vermont garden
Jo Busha’s Book of Essays about life, gardening and the natural world

Book Note
: Jo Busha is the author of Time and the Garden, a collection of essays written over a ten-year period about gardening, life in Vermont, and observations of the natural world by author, Jo Busha. It is arranged by season, but not all the essays have a specific seasonal connection. It will appeal to gardeners, readers seeking a strong sense of place, and people interested in rural living, even if they aren’t able to live it. This place, where Busha has lived for 45 years has played a huge role in her life. While not a how-to book, gardeners may find the essays instructive. Book lovers are likely to feel this a cozy read, warmth for a snowy day.


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