Seems like everyone in blogland has gone out to report on what's happening in their gardens this month with odd December weather happening in many parts of the world. We've been above normal in temps and rainfall and below normal in snowfall.
When you live someplace that gets quite cold and snowy every winter, a break like this is a pleasant respite. So nice not to have to shovel snow or drive on slippery streets.
From a gardening standpoint, however, it is a mixed blessing. I love looking out and seeing the green foliage of ferns, Hellebores (above) and Epimediums (top photo). But I am getting nervous about some of the other sights I am discovering in my garden. Here's a late December update from Zone 5 in Wisconsin.
We did have one heavy, wet snowfall of about five inches in late November. The weight of it flattened lots of things that are still green, but some like Carex sylvatica (above) and Lizula sylvatica 'Aurea' (below) continue to maintain their mounded silhouette.
A number of ferns are still standing but none look as fresh and sprightly as this ruffled hart's tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium angustifolium). This has been growing in fairly dry shade for seven years but looks as happy as the ones I have growing in a much boggier spot.
This maidenhair fern (Adiantum venustum) looks as good in December as it has all year. So delicate looking and so tough in reality.
Arum italicum 'Ghost' goes dormant in the summer so spring and fall are its seasons. But I rarely get to see it like this: a clump full of marbled leaves and not hidden by other plants in the garden.
Heuchera villosa 'Caramel' just keeps on cookin'. I'm still picking Heuchera and Heucherella leaves for small foliage bouquets.
Now for the December down side: Newly planted Grape hyacinths and year-old 'Magnet' snowdrops (below) are visibly pushing up.Since these are early bulbs I am hoping it all works out.
Both my newest and oldest Hellebores have big buds fully above ground. They seem to be waiting to see what happens next and I am doing the same!