My thanks to Helen Johnstone for her invitation to share what is happening in our gardens at the end of each month. I just returned from a Thanksgiving visit with my daughter and her family in San Diego. What should I find on my return but three inches of rain in the rain gauge, bare trees in the woods, and more evidence of freezing temperatures. There are a few stray oak leaves still hanging on…a few brightly colored by an afternoon sun…but the floor of the woods is covered with leaves.
I noticed a dozen or more clumps of wild ginger (Asarum canadense) growing in the woods. This is the first time I have seen them in my woods. A wider investigation turned up more clumps on both sides of the creek at the back of my garden. I must be more observant in the future for these kinds of natural gifts.
I did find a single Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’ bloom, a bit worse for the weather, but apparently protected in the interior of the plant at the edge of the woods. There are buds that look like they will survive to flower (if another frost doesn’t get them first).
The buds on the Camellia japonica ‘Governor Mouton’ have survived and look ready to open soon. (The dead leaves in the picture are the remains of this year’s ‘Blushing Bride’ hydrangea.)
The colored patterns of the bark on the ‘Osage’ crape myrtle are particularly attractive on a winter day and help bring unique color to the garden:
The only other blooming plants in the garden right now are the annual pansies in our pots:
Looking through the Carolina jessamine (Gelsimium sepervirens) arbor from the middle of the back garden:
A bit of color also comes from the foliage of Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ and the berries of Nandina domestica ‘Gulfstream.’
I like to use colored pots throughout the garden as architectural accents. Their presence is particularly helpful in winter.
Taking a walk through the garden at the end of the month, even in winter, helps me in so many ways to appreciate what we have, to see areas that can be improved, and to dream about “next year.” Please visit the postings of Helen Johnstone, the originator of this meme, and share with her what is happening in your garden.