White on White

Never for a moment do I doubt that everything is there, concealed, waiting for another spring.

~ Elsa Bakalar
A Garden of One’s Own

An early morning walk in the garden: a landscape of white on white. Listen to the silence of a world waking up to the dawn of day. Buddleia draped with crystals of ice, bow. Lace trimmed lilac bushes cling to promises of perfumed scents. Sepia twigs hold tight to buds waiting to unfurl. The snow covered ground embraces bulbs, anticipating spring’s warmth.

Crouch under tree boughs, let the snow caress you. Take notice of the small things; forgotten birds’ nests, faded roses, clinging vines; keepsakes of times remembered. Take joy in the gentle swirls of snow that encircle you. Drink in the peacefulness; no need to hurry, rest for awhile, breathe in the pleasure of the winter garden. If you want to see spring in the garden, click here.

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  25 comments for “White on White

  1. Beth
    January 31, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    So beautiful…


    • February 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Beth,
      That morning was magical. πŸ™‚ Thank-you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


  2. janette andrews
    January 31, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I see you got a lot of snow. And more coming later on….. I’m awaiting 5-6 inches here in Michigan which will be our most yet this year. So for SuperBowl Sunday I’ll be at home looking out. Love you Janette


    • February 1, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Looking out is the best place to be. Stay warm and enjoy the commercials. πŸ™‚


  3. Amy
    January 31, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Ahhhhh, so serene. Thank you, Ellen, for this walk around your winter garden. xox


  4. Elaine
    January 31, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Beautiful Toby, but I’m glad I’m in Florida.


    • February 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      I understand. Florida – blue skies, warm breezes and palm trees swaying. πŸ˜‰


  5. January 31, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    It appears you are enjoying your camera. Some of the photos (white against blue) almost look like they have been painted.


    • February 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      My father was an artist. His favorite subject was landscapes; mostly trees. I remember the contrast of colors he used. I love how the camera captures the same tone. πŸ™‚


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  7. Kim Stafford
    February 1, 2015 at 5:51 am

    So quiet!


  8. Renee
    February 1, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Ahhh. . So nicely written-lively. I even enjoyed reading it the second time, just as much as the first time!! Looks like the next title could be White on White on White” with another winter storm approaching:)


    • February 1, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Glad you enjoyed reading my post. πŸ™‚
      Another winter storm. Maybe another snow day for you.
      Stay warm.


  9. Tara
    February 2, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Beautiful pictures Toby! I bet tomorrow will bring even more with the ice that is predicted.


    • February 6, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Thank-you my dear friend, Tara!
      We have had a snowy winter with more on the way. It gives us more days to stay home with a good book.
      I know you love reading! πŸ™‚


  10. February 5, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Beautiful pictures πŸ™‚ Brings back the Connecticut memories! Sure does look like you got quite a bit of snow….


  11. joenesgarden
    February 5, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Lovely photos. Year after year I’m amazed at how a blanket of snow changes the landscape.


    • February 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thank-you Joene.
      I too enjoy the changed landscape; it adds another layer of interest to winter.


  12. February 7, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    It looks magical πŸ™‚


    • February 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      That morning I knew I had to get out early with my camera to capture the magic. πŸ™‚


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