Winter Has Arrived

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As December dawned, the temperature was 23 degrees, and the frost was very heavy. The ice ribbons that grow from below ground were right on time this year, and they didn’t disappoint. Rocks and twigs were lifted three inches off the ground. After a half a foot of rain on Sunday and Monday, the ground is saturated, and the ice has nowhere to go but up. Very impressive stuff.

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Everything was encrusted with frost. Weeds have never looked so beautiful.

Encrusted Wildflowers

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The rock garden holds onto the greens of summer, but the flowers have disappeared until Spring. Three varieties of pine- Loblolly, Virginia, and Short Leaf, are thriving, and have tripled in size in just a year. Cedars and junipers are filling in the gaps very well. Everything is ready for the first snow.

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