The park is home to over a million plants that brush up against the open spaces of surrounding streets, squares, and embankments. The botanical variety of the park reflects Russia’s natural diversity, recreating four landscapes: steppe, forests, meadows and northern landscapes.
With the snow around, fruits are especially noticeable on the branches of mountain-ash trees, barberry shrubs, Siberian apple trees and ordinary viburnums. In the past, people used to call December “stuzhaylo”, “studen”, “studenets” all of which mean freezing cold. The snowdrifts in some parts of the Park are already about 30 cm (or 1 ft.) high. The days are becoming shorter and the nights longer. The thermometer reading is rapidly falling.
1.12 – 10.12
Lacework of Branches
In winter, the absence of flowers and greenery in the Park is compensated with plants having beautiful crowns and unusual branch lines: spherical interlaced bushes of barberry bushes, fluffy crown of spiraea vanhoutte, weeping branches of willows, privets and the elegant crowns of birch trees.
11.12 – 20.12
The winter solstice falls on the 22nd of December. It is the shortest winter day, when the sun passes at the farthest celestial points from the equator. Ancient-Greek astrologers denoted the winter solstice with the Capricorn sign. Since then, the point has shifted, however, and now the solstice occurs in the Sagittarius constellation. After this point, the daylight duration starts increasing. The winter slowly begins to give way to spring in nature.