At this time of year, beauty is a little more difficult to define and even more challenging to locate. It requires an open mind and a willingness to ignore the ugly, leafy decay that dominates the garden. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those foggy winters where the sky is shrouded by a milky mist for days on end, especially up here on the hill. Although it can be a tiresome contributor to my winter blues, it's comparatively benign weather and I prefer it over the many manic alternatives.
Looking for beauty....
|The November frost didn't completely kill my Brachyscomb.|
|My Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lantern') is still hanging on too.|
|My Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue' tried valiantly to bloom until November's frost halted its attempt.|
|But there is promise of things to come. Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' is fixing to bloom in a few months.|
|Ditto for my Hellebore foetidus.|
|And Hellebore x sternii 'Hot Flash' ... hopefully.|
But until the flowers appear, I'll make do with what remains.
|I'm not quite sure why my strawberry plants are blushing so vibrantly but I'm not complaining.|
|Rosa 'Cinco de Mayo' is happy too.|
|Not to mention Spiraea thunbergii 'Bridal Wreath'|
|And my Eucalyptus nicholii survived last winter's single digit temps and grew back from the roots to over five feet. |
I love the contrast between the maroon stems and the bluish foliage.
|The Acanthus mollis isn't looking too terrible.|
|Neither is the Yucca filamentosa 'Ivory Tower'|
|The Cyclamen hederafolium foliage is very happy despite the surrounding leaf litter.|
|Leaves are everywhere. Except in the birdbath--now that I cleaned it.|
|And my patio pond. So much nicer now.|
Are you able to get any gardening done?