Our temperature got down to 32* a week ago but it didn't stay long enough to do any damage in the garden. I was so very thankful! My garden posts are going to look out of season to some of you but I hope you will enjoy the pictures and look forward to your gardens breaking forth with spring in just a few weeks.
These two obelisks were Christmas gifts and for now are situated here with the Tibouchina plant.
These add a nice new look to this area, bringing some shine and new interest.
Our cooler weather has been good for some plants, especially the rose bushes.
Most of my roses have been blooming, some with larger blossoms. Roses really struggle in the high temperatures of our hot summers.
I have let some of the lettuces blossom which is not a good thing unless you are interested in saving seeds. It is pretty much the end of the plant. I have trimmed them back at times and the plant would keep producing for awhile longer.
The more you clip herbs the better they produce, too. Especially basil. Basil is more of a warm weather plant, not liking temperatures much below 50.
Flowering cilantro. I love the flavor of cilantro but still don't use it enough to keep it trimmed. My plants get neglected during the holiday season. I am glad to still have healthy plants, regardless of my neglect.
Parsley and sage all intertwined.
I have had this same pot of violets for years! You will notice the pot has turned green. I use to put buttermilk, etc. on pots to achieve this look at my old garden but it never worked. Here, it just happens naturally and I like it.
I expected if I would part the leaves and look close I might find a bloom!
This ground-cover succulent is enjoying the cold air. It is a darker and brighter green.
And look at the moss here in my little rock garden.
A bromeliad among the ferns.
A brighter red colored one.
Here is a good example of why this bromeliad is called matchstick. The bloom (partly hidden by the coleus) at this stage looks very much like little matches.
I wanted to give you an update of the paperwhites. It won't be long at all now until the blooms appear.
And, I will end with this little friend. Thank you for bearing with me with so many pictures. I am guessing it is better to use more in each garden post and not post as often. Next post we will be inside.