I WALKED THROUGH THE OPENED sliding glass door and was pleasantly surprised. How unusual to feel warmth and see sunshine and blue sky on a Saturday morning in December. Sipping my coffee, I made my way around the garden, familiarizing myself with its many nuances, plants dormant yet clearly still alive.
And plants weren't the only thing. As I stood like a statue, chickadees, wrens, towhees and even a little titmouse could be heard cheep, cheep, cheeping as they took a drink from the pond and splashed in the birdbath. I could hear the flutter of their little wing feathers as they skittered from one bush to another. Even a hummingbird buzzed in, landed on a branch, then buzzed off again. It was as if they were celebrating spring--blessed, warm and wonderful spring. It was a teaser day, of course but who cares? It was joyful.
Here are some of the highlights of my garden today.
|Look! Bulb foliage!|
Spring can't be far off.
|Chimonanthus praecox or Wintersweet is getting closer to blooming!|
|I think my Cordy is a casualty.|
|But my Phormium 'Jester' survived the cold|
|And so did Phormium 'Wings of Gold'|
|I can never remember the name of this tender perennial.|
It's got waxy leaves and bright pink flowers in spring and summer.
Fearing its demise, I brought it in during the cold snap.
Aptenia cordifolia variegata
Thank you Kris.
|I also took my Tree Fern indoors. Of all my tenders, |
losing this one would be the most heartbreaking.
|It's apparently quite happy.|
| I started Geranium pyrenaicum from seed last spring. The seed was quick to|
germinate and by August I had flowers. During the cold snap the leaves
on my 10 or so plants stayed green and fresh-looking.
And now, this protected plant has flower buds!
|My Pelargonium also has buds. But, yes it went indoors during the ice age.|
|Speaking of buds, Viburnum b. 'Pink Dawn'|
has lots of new buds forming
|Because Mexican Feather Grass likes to be lazy|
I'm thinking a pot is the best way to display it.
|This Agastache clump is looking no worse for the wear.|
|Hebe 'Red Edge' looks nice too.|
|My Ugni molinae “Chilean Guava” looks really good and I"m really happy.|
|Epimedium is happy too but the pot isn't in very good shape.|
|Rosemary is okay but the Phygelius leaves look really sad.|
|'Mars Midget' Knautia looks amazing.|
|Check out the Lady Bug sunning herself.|
|I'm glad she survived the cold too.|
|Look what my sister Laura sent me for Christmas. |
This really cool rusty star! I love it.
Wishing all of you a joyous Christmas.