Above, Aloe cameronii with Yucca 'Bright Star' foliage and the long shadows of winter
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'
An array of foliage variation from Gasteraloe 'Green Ice'.
A polka-dotted central racing stripe:
And the flowers:
Agave either 'Kara's Choice' or 'Kara's Stripes':
Artostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths':
Banksia prionotes, now taller than I am. It also has its first side branch. The first flower bud has yet to appear and much anticipated. The long zipper-teeth leaves are fabulous in the meantime:
The Callistemons that now hide a neighboring house very nicely, thank you. The late morning light was so harsh as to feel like summer.
Pruning the Hydrangeas. This purported "dwarf" cultivar is not:
Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' in his fabulous winter colors:
'Charles Rennie Mackintosh':
Aeonium, perhaps 'Garnet':
'Queen of Elegance':
The long lax branches of Acer palmatum 'Ryusen' in winter bareness:
The internet offers various translations for 'Ryusen' -- "flowing waters" is one--and the name 'Ryu sei' is also used for this tree, with various translations including "dragon spirit" and "falling stars". 'Ryu sei' is according to one source the actual, registered name.
Winter everywhere expresses sadness and beauty.
January has been painfully dry--that here is our sadness. How does your winter express itself?