Are there winter flowers in Minnesota? The answer is sort of, but not really. I checked around my yard to see what I could find here in the frozen Tundra buried under all the snow? I will give you a quick look.
Basically, if it was living outside, it is now dead in Minnesota. With our extreme below zero days this winter, it is definitely the case. We have a couple huge, beautiful Snowball bushes out in front of our house. They are called Hydrangea, but here Snowball is more often the name used. These bushes have wonderful white flowers on them until fall. In the fall, they dry up, followed by a snow coating in the winter.
How about all of our Autumn Joy Sedum bushes? These have pretty rose colored flowers on them in the late fall, but they too dry up, and get blanketed with snow in the winter. Many people leave the dried flowers on their bushes as we do because it is better than nothing.
We have a few huge Neon Splash Spirea bushes out front. These too have dried up, and lost their vibrant purple color with the winter cold. By the way, Mom is not at all into gardening, so we had to look up the names of all our bushes on the landscaping plan that came with the house.
Finally, we have some bushes with pretty red berries. The Winter Berry bushes are the only color we can find in our yard in the winter. By now, the birds have eaten most of the berries.
I bet you are wondering what we do here in the Northland if we want fresh flowers in the winter? Why not make a dried flower bouquet from our Snowball bush flowers? I know. It’s weird, but it is what we do, where we live. Enjoy the winter!
One last very important thing! Remember to root for my Vikings on Sunday as we play the Eagles in the NFC Championship. The winner goes to the Super Bowl which is being held right here in Minneapolis this year! No host team has ever played in a Super Bowl game, but we want the Vikings to change that! SKOL Vikings!