I have to laugh when the authors of well meaning gardening articles encourage us to design our gardens for winter interest. I wrote about this a couple years ago saying - “In northern, rural Canada the landscape is under so much snow and ice for so long, nobody cares or even remembers what the garden may or may not look like, or even where it was.”
At this time of year the sun barely crests the horizon its weak glow so dim that colour, what's that, is barely perceptible. Even the conifers dark green needles look black. The picture above is the view of my backyard taken from the sill of an open door that leads to a deck.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone, see you in 2013.