After a couple of years of Polar Vortex, this winter has felt pretty mild. There’s been cold, but it’s rarely gotten much below 20 degrees (in my opinion, you don’t have real cold unless it gets below 20). And there’s been snow, but never more than a few inches at a time, and often not even that.


A few days ago Judy slipped into the Back Garden with her camera to take some pictures of the light blanket of newly fallen snow. Her attention was taken by Middle Billy Goat Gruff. He was installed as a companion to the Big Billy Goat Gruff (Aruncus dioicus – the native Goatsbeard) and Little Billy Goat Gruff (Aruncus aethusifolius – Dwarf Goatsbeard), both growing nearby. And you see they have a bridge to cross.


And we have our troll of course, looking a bit grumpier than usual.


Our blue bird house looks particularly cozy with a coating of snow on the roof.


The Annabelle Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) look sort of like frosted flakes.

Don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m on the downhill slide from winter to spring. But this only makes me more impatient.

32 Comments on “The Goat in Winter”

  1. When I looked at the first photo on my phone it looked like a real goat standing there. ha.. I had to read on… Nice shots of the flakes in your garden. We got a dusting of snow today. Nothing sticking due to warm earth. It has been a warm wet winter for us. I am not complaining.

  2. Billy Goats Gruff hold a special place in my heart- my youngest, as a high school freshman, won state forensics for storytelling with her rendition of said story. Your Billy Goats representation is very clever.

  3. We’ve been having much the same winter. I define cold the same as you! Which isn’t to say I’ve enjoyed the past few months… Like you, I’ve begun scanning the ground for green tips to emerge even though I know that is ridiculous. Impatient! I LOVE your goat.

  4. I’m praying we don’t get a lalapalooza of a storm in March! It wouldn’t be the first time. All my spring bulbs are unwisely advancing far too early. Picked my first daff last week, a full six weeks earlier than usual. I’m hoping all the buds peeking out don’t end up with freezer burn. Your billy goat (the middle one) is quite handsome! Thanks for a winter garden post.

  5. I love your goat. I have a squirrel made of similar materials who lives on my patio. I’ve had him for years, and he’s slowly rusting away, but I still think he’ll outlast me. Your photos are great. Post-blizzard photos can be impressive, but there’s something about a dusting of snow that seems to make all that winter foliage and such attractive as can be.

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