Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Silver and Gold


It's no secret to those who know me that I love Christmas. The music, the food, the Rankin Bass animated features...love them all. There is a certain happiness-tinged-with-melancholy atmosphere during this time of year that I understand. However, while I love putting up the Christmas tree and lights...apart from those things, I'm not much of a decorator (no surprise, since it's true during the rest of the year too)!


Luckily for me, nature takes care of decorating the garden.


Most mornings, I wake up to a world spangled with diamonds.


Stems nodding elegantly, weighted down by these luxurious baubles.


Delicate, silvery orbs suspended in midair.


Even these gilded feathers sport their own jewels.


And just like Christmas lights brighten up these short days, these glistening jewels light up the garden during it's most somber season.


Even when I'm cold and tired, these gems draw me outside to admire them.


Whatever Holiday you celebrate this season, I hope it's a good one. From all of us here on Rhone Street, Happy Holidays!

45 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Grasses here are all flattened, so no chance for floating jewels in my garden. Merry Christmas Scott!

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  2. Wishing you peace and joy at Christmas Scott and happy gardening in 2014! xxx

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  3. Donna@Gardens Eye ViewDecember 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a fabulous New Year Scott!!

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  4. Those are some great shots catching the droplets as you did. Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

    Cher

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  5. The dew on the grasses are prettier than any of the Christmas decorations you can find in the stores. Enjoy your Christmas!

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  6. It's true the ice and water droplets are better than Christmas lights. Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year, Scott!

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  7. thank you for this post

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  8. Merry Christmas, Scott! Thanks for posting your photos of beautiful rain- and dew-laden fronds and stems.

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  9. Beautiful images, and now I'll have 'Silver and Gold' playing In my head the rest of the night, love that song! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Great shots , Scott ! Buon Natale !

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  11. Gorgeous as always light master! Merry Christmas!

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  12. Master of light! Merry Christmas Scott!

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  13. Merry Christmas to you as well, Alan!

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  14. Merry Christmas, guys!

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  15. Merry Christmas, Peter!

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  16. Merry Christmas to you!

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  17. Merry Christmas, Loree!

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  18. Merry Christmas to you, Alison!

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  19. Any time, Katie...Merry Christmas!

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  20. Much better, Merry Christmas, Jason :-)

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  21. Agreed...Merry Christmas, Kris :-)

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  22. Same to you, Laura...Merry Christmas!

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  23. Same to you, Cher...Merry Christmas!

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  24. And the same to you, Donna!

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  25. Absolutely, and the same to you, Anna!

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  26. Desert Dweller / David C.December 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Merry Christmas to you both...I like how your area dresses up all in silver and gold, all by itself!

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  27. Oh, how I needed that! While I've just about overdosed on all the other seasonal glitter, the kind you show gets me right in the heart. So precious, and I'm grateful you immortalize it for the rest of us. Thank you, and a very Merry Christmas to you both!

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  28. Wonderful photos! I love that you left all those seed heads up, not only they still look beautiful but they must make birds happy. My garden looks horrible after a really bad frost we had in the Bay Area, I just went through some of my summer photos to cheer me up! Happy New Year!

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  29. Thanks for the stunning pix of the shimmering grasses. They've inspired me to dig up and divide my Pennisetum 'Karly Rose,' Having more grasses going to seed this time of year is my new garden goal! Do you ever dig up large clumps and divide? Or do just let them go? Here in Puget Sound the fog of fall is also a great opportunity for grass photos:

    http://raingardenartsblog.com/2013/10/23/fog-and-fall-color/

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  30. Beautiful , beautiful Scott…hope you had a wonderful xmas!

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  31. Thanks, Laura! I know what you mean...sometimes we'll have a heavy rain storm that pretty much bashes my garden to bits...and it looks pretty sad until spring. Happy New Year!

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  32. Merry Christmas to you too, Anna! Yes...for me at this time of year, it's good to feel "centered" and down-to-earth after all the hoopla of the holidays :-)

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  33. And Merry Christmas to you, David!

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  34. You should totally do it, Bart! I haven't divided any of my grasses yet...they are still bulking up...but I think in a year or two, I can probably do so :-) I adore a foggy garden...I bet you get lots of it up there on the Sound...I'm so jealous!

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  35. You too, Linda...and a Happy New Year!

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  36. Your crystalline drops are very elegant. My son's Japanese Maple was covered with them once, it was similarly beautiful. As you say, great decorations.

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  37. Michael - Plano Prairie GardenDecember 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    The photos have a great moody feel to them. Hope you all had a nice Christmas.

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  38. Scott, your photos just keep getting better and better..these are book-worthy.

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  39. A late seasonal greeting to you, Scott! Your silver and gold garden decorations are the best!

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  40. Thanks, Hannah...I bet that Japanese Maples was gorgeous!

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  41. Thanks, Michael...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!

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  42. Awww...thanks...I do try :-)

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  43. It's always nice to have a reason to get out in the garden, isn't it, Jane :-) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Ben!

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  44. Cats are such elegant garden accessories. The sparkling liquid baubles are awfully pretty too. http://www.penick.net/digging

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  45. Hahaha...aren't they though!

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