And Snow, Right On Schedule
Today is the official first day of winter and it has been snowing lightly on and off all day. It’s very peaceful and quiet outside, the only sound the birds singing. The birds are the only bright colors in the garden at this time and without them it’s a plain brown and gray everywhere we look. We couldn’t fill the feeders fast enough but we’re not complaining. Here’s my first day of winter outside:
There’s nothing to do in the garden at this time aside from filling the feeders, cleaning and filling birdbaths, and stalking birds with the camera. So, I spend time in the house trimming tropical plants, reading and listening to the music. This time of year the radio stations seem to put Beethoven’s Symphony #9 and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on almost everyday, so far, twice today on our local station. I don’t mind at all especially the Symphony#9 which I always turn up really loud. For some reason this symphony always sounds so much better loud. A friend once told me that Beethoven composed this piece when he was nearly deaf so he needed to feel the music. I don’t know if that’s really true but when I listened to it at Carnegie Hall I could feel the vibration. The same goes for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. When not listening to the radio, our outside chorale is equally good to me. Herewith some of the Avian Chorus’s members:
Though nothing is flowering in the garden, flowering continues in the basement and on the windowsill. Nothing soothes my mood like the scent of jasmine and they are still blooming.
5 thoughts on “First Day Of Winter”
You take such gorgeous photos. The birds are very special creatures, aren’t they? We had a very brief snow Saturday morning and for the half-hour it lasted the birds gravitated to the feeder. I can almost smell the jasmine.
Thank you. We love them, even the hawks that patrol our garden a few times a day. The most interesting thing is some of them take a bath even when it’s frigid cold outside. I think you can grow the Winter jasmine in your garden. You will need a trellis though.
Is Winter jasmine green in summer?
It blooms year round in warmer zones as most tropical plants do. When I Googled ‘Jasminum polyanthum’, I found that it flowers year round in San Francisco. I cannot grow mine outside since winter temperatures will kill it. But it’s a fast grower and can grow 20-30 feet long.