Sunday, December 22, 2013
It's Winter! Time To Get To Work
Here, winter is a flurry not of snow, but of garden work.
A few plants are sleeping.
Some are drowsy.
Most are wide awake. The native oaks are growing.
The Agaves are, too.
Aeoniums are blooming.
I'm cleaning up the non-rose plants as fast as I can. Eleven days from now, it will be time to start cutting back the roses.
The east slope is mostly cleared. Mr. Mow-n-Blow is going to dig out the Abelias. I liked the Abelias--the bees and hummingbirds did, too--but the slope is going succulent. The Abelias need more water, and they were also too large for the space. Nearly the last remnant of the original plantings will be gone.
Looking back the other way...
Despite the season, the garden is rich with small beauties. They make all the work seem manageable.
I check this orange every day. It will be ripe soon.
There will be lettuce, too.
A few Clematis continue to amaze.
The Drakensburg Daisy apparently likes to work in winter, too.
Daisy-white provides winter white.
Little umbrellas against the rain? Rain, please come!
Are you going to throw that tennis ball, or what?
Winter means Spring is next.