It's dark and chilly and drippy today, a good day to be inside. I was able to do my stretching exercises this morning after going to our usual Friday morning breakfast and then stopping by the eyeglass center to have my glasses straightened after their little fling yesterday. This afternoon I tentatively mounted the stationary bike in the garage to see how that would feel, and was pleased to be able to do the whole ten mile session. I think that will be my rehab exercise until I can get back to walking. I am better with each day.
Here are more photo I took yesterday of our mid-January garden.
Down the path to the garden deck, a large Douglas fir and an old Western Red Cedar frame the side yard.
Hydrangeas are yet to be clipped of old blooms.
Camellias and rhododendrons anchor the space with year round green, as does the variegated fetid iris.
It looks like we may be losing one of our recently planted arborvitae hedge trees. They were replacements for the fir hedge we finally took out several years ago.
Native oxalis bubbles up out of the ground almost as soon as the old plants die back.
Following the path up to the front yard.
Evergreen heucheras fill the porch planter box.
In front of the living room window the witch hazel is opening its fringy blooms.
A fancy fatsia adds winter interest on the front property line. After we removed the 15 foot high hedge, we exposed the little wood lot on the neighbor's property in front of us and added plants for color and texture.
Near the witch hazel, a large clump of sarcococca is in bloom, sending out its intense and wonderful fragrance from its tiny blooms.
Pots on the porch are still stuffed with clippings from the garden.
Tom's collection of hardy cyclamen includes both spring and winter flowering varieties. The foliage is as lovely as the little blooms.
Snow drops are up and ready to pop open.
Our resident hummingbirds come to the winter jasmine right outside the family room window.
Abelia Kaleidoscope was planted just two years ago where we removed an overgrown box wood. The non-hardy echeverias have not yet succumbed to the cold and the wet. They are usually melted by now.
Non- native mahonia. I wish it would bloom, as it is a winter blooming variety that hummingbirds love.
There's just a touch of gold along the driveway.
And from the inside we can see most of these little early bloomers in our winter garden.
Another weekend is upon us. Have good one, everyone!