Daylight Saving Time

Today we set our clocks forward one hour.  For me, Daylight Saving Time always signifies either the time to hunker down for the upcoming winter months or the anticipation of shedding those heavy coats, boots and gloves. Even so, it is challenging to see what lies beneath the 8″ of snow we were blessed with this past week.  So, this week I am sharing images of beauty above ground…

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Acer griseum


Pinus rigida


Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’

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Parrotia persicaria


Jill loving the snow, but ready to shed her very cool down coat

Waiting for Spring…

Welcome to blueskygardening. My goal in writing this blog is simple and consists of my desire to share my observations and opinions about what I encounter in my daily life working as a gardener. There are days when I don’t see a lot of interesting things happening, but then there are those magical days. Often it is subtle, like witnessing a field of lavender ready to be harvested or snow mounded on the berries of a Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’ or the surprise of finding a stunning flower on a prickly pear cactus.

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Today, we are in full blown snow storm mode and I share the sentiment by many of hoping this is the last winter blast before the spring thaw. Besides the awesomeness of the snow falling and the way the flakes hang on the tree limbs, there is little happening above ground in the garden. I sense, however, that in a couple short weeks, we will see the first ephemeral plants emerging. The winter aconites, spring beauties & snowbells can’t emerge fast enough.