We returned from a trip to Oregon after a healthy dose of rain, cold, and conifers. It is actually refreshing to feel the rain pounding down, skate through muddy puddles, and experience some semblance of winter.
The grey shrouded landscape has certain ethereal qualities that fit with twisty, floppy conifers. The picture to the left is an early morning photo from a private garden west of Portland. The weeping Cedar in the middle is the variety 'Feelin Blue'.
Trios of conifers can be the best part of a winter garden. The big pine in the background, a small chamaecyparis in the foreground have their time in the limelight during the grey winter days.