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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 28, 2015 8:19 AM CST

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As I'm sure you know, we are celebrating our gardens this year on ATP!

In a few weeks (3, to be exact), we will be celebrating Winter Interest Week.

I'm looking for a few article to help us celebrate our gardens in winter.
What elements in your garden give interest when everything else dies back? Hard scapes, evergreens, garden art, the list goes on!

So, cozy up with your keyboard and a warm drink and tell me all about winter interest in your garden Big Grin
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 28, 2015 8:49 AM CST
We are fortunate to live in a climate where NOT everything dies back! We have stunning flowering trees and shrubs this time of year. I could write something about that? Or is that defeating the purpose of the topic?
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 28, 2015 8:50 AM CST

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Sorry, yes- not the purpose for Winter Interest Week Green Grin!

But jump in with another Week before gardening takes off full force Thumbs up
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 28, 2015 9:06 AM CST

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@evermorelawnless has an ongoing thread largely about winter interest photography:

The thread "The Circle of Life: everything else" in All Things Gardening forum

We should find a way to feature this good content in the upcoming week.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jan 28, 2015 9:06 AM CST
I've come to love my winterscape. There is something Dr Suessish with the dark winterbitten plants and dried out grasses against the white snow. And of course the naked trees.

Some kind of viburnum
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freezing rain stuck to Eragrostis
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Even the mums look cool. Someone said they look like little hula skirts!
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And anaphalis blooms mature to this
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And finally I have a red twig dogwood!
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Of course Sedum Angelina puts on her show too
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2015 11:07 AM CST
@Dutchlady1

Hetty, Yeah, our winter interest here in Florida is still beautiful blooms! I must admit that I do see beauty in the frozen winter gardens of the north too ... but I am glad I live here! Green Grin!

Case in point is @jvdubb Jennifer's beautiful garden shots in her above photos! Lovey dubby
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jan 28, 2015 12:06 PM CST
dave said:@evermorelawnless has an ongoing thread largely about winter interest photography:

The thread "The Circle of Life: everything else" in All Things Gardening forum

We should find a way to feature this good content in the upcoming week.


Could you create a condensed version with just the post containing photos? Then you could add a lead in paragraph and post as an article.

wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 28, 2015 12:12 PM CST
There you go, Jennifer! You have an article all ready to go in that post! Just put it into article format. Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jan 28, 2015 12:30 PM CST
woofie said:There you go, Jennifer! You have an article all ready to go in that post! Just put it into article format. Smiling


Really? Ok I can do that.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 28, 2015 1:04 PM CST
Yup. I certainly think so, and it appears Lin does, too. Smiling
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2015 1:54 PM CST
Yes indeed!
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jan 28, 2015 2:18 PM CST
I agree w/Lin and Woofie, Jennifer!
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 28, 2015 7:39 PM CST

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I had already approached Asa about an article Smiling
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jan 29, 2015 5:27 AM CST
Trish, I'll do an article for this.
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jan 29, 2015 7:12 AM CST
I'm mulling over an idea. If I can round up enough content it might make it in just under the wire...as usual. Sticking tongue out The little I have so far is still in my head. Whistling
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jan 29, 2015 7:49 AM CST
Trish said:I had already approached Asa about an article Smiling


@Trish Ok, so I'm confused. Should I put together what I have here plus a bit more or are you saying you've got this covered already?
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 29, 2015 8:27 AM CST

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Thanks Chris and Chelle!

Jennifer- I'd love an article by you as well. I often approach one or two specific people about writing an article, then put out an "all-call" for the remainders. Each day of the celebration week needs an article Thumbs up
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Jan 29, 2015 8:40 AM CST
Ok, I'll get right on it.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Jan 29, 2015 8:50 AM CST

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Great- thanks!!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Asa

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evermorelawnless
Jan 31, 2015 9:38 AM CST
Trish said:I had already approached Asa about an article Smiling


I'll work something up this weekend and submit it.

I told Trish that winter was really interesting to me - that whole circle of life thing - but that I was having a hard time coming up with a "thesis"...but I'm getting there.
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