MidWest Gardening forum: Celebration of Midwestern Winter Gardens

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jan 14, 2015 9:59 AM CST
Pretty day today in northeastern Indiana; there's frozen fog on all of the trees, snow on the ground and no bitter wind to speak of, so I took a few pictures of our gardens here, to share.

South hillside garden-
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This bed will have an area of spring blooming bulbs, just in front of the standing stone; with phlox, crocosmias and roses, among others, in summer.



Scented lilies reign in this bed; along with a few miniature roses, peachy-pink daylilies, and a couple of clematis on the fence.
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The new rock garden is front and center here; with perennial chrysanthemum tops showing through the snow. The lake is in the background; surrounded by frost-bedecked trees and wildlife shrubs.
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One of the biggest joys of the winter gardens here is an assortment of ornamental grasses; left standing, they're a lovely focal-point for us, and safe cover for the birds.
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View from the kitchen; this part-shade area is filled with everything but the kitchen sink, although the decorative pump handle may lead you to think otherwise. Big Grin Ferns and a baby daylily bed nestle in under the shelter of the evergreen tree.
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The Christmas tree does double-duty propped against the bird feeder post; providing our visitors extra protection from bitter winds and marauding hawks.

And finally, an area that some of you may have seen before...
...the west window hugel/log bed. This bed is filled with spring blooming bulbs, cascading veronicas, foxglove and lavenders, and lots of lilies just in front of the evergreen hedge. At the far end of the hedge are newly transplanted hydrangeas, and just to the south of those are a few more tall decorative grasses to protect them; along with providing more motion to the garden and overall appeal.
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Shorter varieties of yellow heleniums to the front of the standing deer will (hopefully) carry this garden on into autumn.

Okay, so there's a few of mine. Have you pictures and dreams to share of your midwestern winter gardens?

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crittergarden
Jan 14, 2015 10:58 AM CST
I hate it when people call Pittsburgh "Midwest" - the 'titude here is definitely Northeast!
But geographically, it's kind of "Midwest", so I hope you'll let me join in.

You have some very nice pics there.
I particularly like the LONG view -
"The lake is in the background; surrounded by frost-bedecked trees and wildlife shrubs."

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jan 14, 2015 11:22 AM CST
Certainly, CG...and thank you. Smiling
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vic
Jan 14, 2015 11:27 AM CST
Beautiful photo's Chelle - I was born and raised in IN so these photo's made me homesick Lovey dubby
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jan 14, 2015 3:49 PM CST
Well, Vic, you could come visit, but as you know, this time of year there's no guarantee you won't be stuck here for a while. Big Grin
This winter has been relatively serene so far; the difference between then and now in regards to snowfall amounts is remarkable. I know that all of the farmers we talked to in this area were in alt at the end of the 2014 growing season; corn crops were left in the fields up until the first snowflakes fell to fully cure the abundance. Lots of really good product per acre from all of the extra moisture, I guess.
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DavidofDeLand
Jan 14, 2015 3:55 PM CST
Those pictures are beautiful Chelle! Smiling
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jmorth
Jan 14, 2015 4:44 PM CST
Very snowy chelle!
Corn harvests around here were off the wall, one farmer about 40 min northeast of me harvested 350 bu per acre.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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billyporter
Feb 1, 2016 8:01 AM CST
Chelle,
How beautiful! It looks like you have a lot of land. I would love to walk your yard when everything is in bloom!
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Feb 10, 2016 7:17 PM CST
Sorry about the slow response, but thanks! I didn't do much in the way of fall planting or winter decorations this year, but next year should be better. Smiling
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Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Feb 11, 2016 5:40 AM CST
I don't have a productive fall either. So many plans to move flowers and I'm not sure what happened.
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