Sunday, January 3, 2021

Being Outside

I needed to go outside today. I don't know when I'll get to again for a while.

It was raining lightly as I went out to the street to get the newspaper this morning, but I took time to enjoy the color along the driveway. 

While the Christmas decorations are all gone inside, we still have the light up outside. 

The hummingbird couple we have overwintering here will soon be enjoying the just opening blooms of this Mahonia 

They like the winter jasmine too. 
We have been enjoying the color on this cotoneaster for months now. 

After enjoying my walk down the driveway and back, it was time for breakfast, PT exercises for the last time, mopping the kitchen floor, and doing laundry. Then there was a break in the rain, so it was time for a walk in the neighborhood. 
On the way back we saw the first robin on the cotoneaster. We have been expecting them. I'm sure there will be more now and they will be eating all of those berries. 
Although the rain started back up again, it was very light and I took the opportunity to check out what was happening in the rest of the yard. 

The first hellebore is blooming. 

The snow drops are getting ready to bloom/
The hardy cyclamen leaves make a beautiful green mat.  
All the work we did in the fall pays off with a very tidy looking winter garden.

Primroses are starting to bloom.

Tom checked his bonsai under their winter shelter. 
Moss and fern fronds are the features in the secret garden.

Tom has been planting little hardy cyclamen starts here and there, and there they are, rapidly spreading.
My walk in the woods is limited these days to a stroll under our big firs and wonderful cedars. 

Oh, the Sarcococca is beginning to bloom. I must have Tom pick some to bring into the house next week. The scent is heavenly. 
A few hardy fuchsias still dance in the breeze.  

In the greenhouse, my amaryllis is getting very tall. Tom will bring it in when it breaks bud. 

Just as it was time to go in, the sky lightened and the sun even broke through briefly.
But I was happy with my time outside. It will sustain me for a while now as I move on tomorrow to my next big adventure. 


  1. It's very pleasant to see all your greenery. Good luck with your surgery.

  2. I will be thinking of you with your surgery tomorrow. It must be good to know it will all be behind you soon. May your recuperation and healing go smoothly!

  3. Your yard looks great. Hopefully your surgery will go very well and you'll be home before you know it.

  4. Your yard is always lovely, but it is in the winter that it fills me with awe. Thanks for the virtual walk around.
    My thoughts will be with you, strong lady.

  5. I will keep you in my mind while I go about my day today, hoping for the best and knowing that you will be once again able to walk without pain. Thank you for the lovely trip around your beautiful home garden. :-)

  6. I'm excited for you - you are on your way to easier walking! It won't be long!

  7. Best wishes on your upcoming operation and recovery. Your yard is beautiful....looks like spring already!

  8. I am so happy for you that you had a decent day to get out before you have to stay inside for awhile. Your garden always looks perfect to me. I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming surgery and recovery. I hope it all goes fast and you can be out there looking for weeds that Tom can pull. ;)

  9. The yard is so lovely, thanks to the hard work you and Tom put in. I'm jealous of the flowers starting to bloom, it will be months yet here.

    Wishing you all the best as you go into surgery tomorrow. Take care and stay well!

  10. Your place has almost an early Spring like look. Love all the green with splashes of color.
    Hoping tomorrow goes smoothly and successfully and that you will have a pain free future.
    Be well and stay safe.

  11. Everything looks so beautiful at your house even in the rain. I'm thinking about you now and hoping all is going perfectly and easily. Please take care and be gentle with yourself.

  12. How lovely! These photos make me miss Seattle.

  13. You have so many things in bloom. Your yard is beautiful ! I hope all went well today! :)

  14. So lovely. Hoping all goes well and you can enjoy the fruits of the labor in your garden real soon!


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