Six on Saturday – Christmas Week, Then and Now

I’ve never conscientiously gone out to take garden photos just because it was Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. So when I went to look through my photo archive I couldn’t find anything plant related specifically taken on Christmas Day except for two previous years: 2013 and 2015. They were both memorable in their own way. Thinking of this, of course I dusted off the Pentax and took some shots this past Tuesday, Christmas Day 2018. I also have a few from almost Christmas Day, 2017. Here then, are my Six photos on this Saturday, although most are from years gone by.

Above, and in the ‘feature’ photo, from 2013, a December and January I’ll never forget because my husband was in hospital over the holidays (he survived) and I was driving all over the County, during countless ice storms, through white-out blizzards, fearlessly it seemed, even though I’d always said I would never drive in such conditions.

Above, two years later, Christmas 2015. It had been such a mild autumn that the wild mustard was still growing around the house, and crocuses were already popping through the ground. They (also) survived the deep freeze that arrived in January and February.

Above, last year, December 28, 2017, brought a return to a traditional white Christmas. Deep down, I really do like the snow. I don’t mind shoveling (or snow-blowing) and I love anticipating what the garden and yard will look like in just a few months, when all the snow has melted and made the soil moist enough for spring bulbs and summer perennials to spring up.

And finally, above, to finish my Six this week, is Christmas 2018. No snow, temperatures up and down all week (rain all day yesterday and up to eight degrees, sunnier today but a high of only minus two). I hope we get a nice thick insulating blanket of snow before too long because it WILL be bitterly cold in February (and I have a number of marginally hardy things in the ground) and temps WILL be once again all over the place in March (we all know what freeze-thaw does to plants).

Six photos of my garden around Christmas through the past few years. Not exactly in keeping with The Propagator’s theme, but I hope he’ll allow it this once! Check out his site for amazing shots and stories as others share their Sixes.


  1. Snow is weird . . . and it does weird things to trees. I can see why people dislike it so. It is very rare here. Because the forest is not used to it, large limbs break from the weight of it. Redwoods are hundreds of feet tall, so small limbs falling from that height can be very dangerous.


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