As the days shorten and the nights get colder, the garden takes on another dimension. The colorful spectacle of the summer is gone. As December closes in, it has been replaced by the discreet blues, purples and greens of the winter garden.
Leeks, brassicas, lettuces and root vegetables are the stars of winter, with pansies playing the supporting role of flower of the season.
What winter garden is without glass cloches to extend the season? This one covers spinach with the cold hardy cabbage in the background.
Rows of leeks waiting to be made into rich hearty winter meals.
The delicate looking pansy, snuggled between the purple kale and winter lettuce.
Since the pansies in the garden are now well established, I can look forward to their return next spring.
The raspberries are a long way from their season high, but still add great beauty and color the garden.
Lastly, my favorite winter treat baby Brussel Sprouts.