Most of us in New England will agree that it has been a very mild winter this season. Of course as I say this it is 16 degrees here with a light snow falling. To put it in perspective though we have only had the driveway plowed three times this winter and tomorrow is February 1st. Here are some winter shots I took around the yard.
I think this may be a Redosier Dogwood but I'm not sure. According to Native Plants for your Maine Garden by Maureen Heffernan this native shrub is grown for its red stems which add a nice contrast to the winter landscape. It is supposed to have small white flowers in the spring followed by rounded clusters of white fruit. We'll see if I have identified this correctly as spring rolls along.
I'm on one of twelve local dart teams in Bethel and last night we played our match in the Millbrook Tavern at the Bethel Inn. From the dart board I could look down the hill and see the front light shining from my house. I like that.
|Birch and Pine|
|Backside of the Bethel Inn|