While most of my garden looks rather torn up at the moment (making lots of muscle heavy, time consuming changes that take me forever), there are some things worth noting. Although Christmas was indeed a white one, we’ve had a very mild and unusually dry winter. Alas, things they are a-blooming. Or, at the very least in bud…
Clematis cirrhosa ‘Wisley Cream’ is blooming in its pot, waiting for a permanent home.
Rosa ‘Étoile de Hollande’ never really stopped. Which, to me, is somewhat disconcerting…
Helleborus – probably ‘Jacob’ or one of his wintry white pals.
As I recall, I bought this Hellebore because of its fabulous marbled leaves, but now that I think about it, the color isn’t all that bad either.
My favorite out of the ones that are a little further along right now is this one, though. I just love those mottled markings. I wish I knew its name… Here, it’s planted in a big pot with a Holboellia coriacea, a ‘Gilt Edge Eleagnus, and droopy Carex trifida ‘Rekohu Sunrise’. This pot is the perfect example of my cramscaping tendencies… sigh.
Schizostylis ‘Oregon Sunset’ just won’t quit. What a great bulb!
Trusty old Camellia sanguinea’ Yuletide’ has been at it for a while, and won’t stop for months. Let me know if you get tired of me posting pictures of it – it feels a little repetitive to me – but this is SUCH a garden work horse. And it does this in rather deep shade. Pretty amazing, if you ask me…
Mahonia ‘Charity’ has been at it for a while, and is starting to wind down.
Abutilon ‘Jerry’s Red Wax’ has apparently grown in confidence after surviving our last winter outside, and is still putting out sporadic blooms. I’s so glad he didn’t die!
Eryngium proteiflorum put out a surprise bloom last month. It’s still there. I need to find this one a spot where it can shine, and expand to its heart’s content! Love all that silver!
Budding Euphorbia rigida planted with ornamental cabbage in a pot out front.
Here is another Euphorbia rigida that has had quite different growing conditions. It’s interesting how it affects both color and bud size.
Edgeworthia papyrifera or Chinese Rice Paper Bush in full, fuzzy anticipation. Soon, the entire shrub will be covered in marvelously fragrant yellow blooms.
A Sarcococca confusa perfumes the front entry this time of year. The vanilla-like fragrance wafts over to our delighted neighbors, who were mystified as to where it was coming from. The flowers are rather small, but ever so mighty. Black berries follow, and it is evergreen and tough as nails. Mine is underneath the giant magnolia in deep, dark, dry shade and performs like a champ, year after year.
When the Sarcococca is done, the Daphne will take over. This is a new one in my garden – D. ‘Mae-Jima’. It’s variegation is heavier than the D. atrovariegata, which has been holding court out front, perfuming the neighborhood, for over a decade. This one was planted in the backyard this fall. Hopefully it will establish itself as beautifully as the one in the front. Can’t have enough of that scent!
Remnants of autumn’s glory are the Fatsia seedheads. Love them for as long as they last.
In a month of two, this monstrously huge Clematis armandii ‘Appleblossom’ will be smothered in…. well, apple blossoms.
Had to zoom in so far that the picture is fuzzy, but hopefully you can see it. My Magnolia grandiflora hasn’t quite either. Most of what it currently sports, are those decorative cones, but there are buds braving the odds, all over.
Last but not least, blooming on the inside, is Billbergia nutans – Queens Tears. Such a treat!
Head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what is going on in her garden, and many others the world over. Right now the American Midwest is covered in snow, and suffering unusually debilitating subzero temperatures. Meanwhile, we have an unusually warm winter. I may have a lot going on in my garden by comparison, and although I superficially enjoy its bounty – frankly, it worries me. Here is to a 2018 where the US backtracks on its current idiocy in withdrawing from the Paris Accords, and publicly and officially proclaiming that climate change is a hoax. It’s not. I, and most other sentient Americans (wherever in this expansive country they happen to be) just need to peek outside to see that it’s very real, and happening right now.