In the front yard,
The tiny yellow blossoms of damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana) are long gone, but its textured foliage adds interest to the winter garden.
Cold temperatures turn the leaves of the 'Carefree Delight' rose from green to coppery red, a nice contrast to its grey-white thorns.
Bulbs are starting to pop up around the garden. Freesia is always the first to appear. These are a coral-pink variety from Easy to Grow Bulbs, which I planted last year. I also planted "blue' freesia, which turned out to be an obnoxious shade of purple that clashed with the delicate shade of these beauties, so I pulled them all up and tossed them at the end of last season. Hey, that's just how I roll.
I'm very excited to see this Sternbergia lutea foliage, also known as fall daffodil. I just planted these bulbs from Old House Gardens a few months ago.
First ranunculus sighting, from Easy To Grow Bulbs' 'Island Sunset' mix. Will it be red, yellow or orange?
In the vegetable garden out back, a row of lettuces, including Simpson Elite and baby oakleaf, front a bed of Packman broccoli.
Softneck garlic and Q's Mesclun Mix flourish happily in a cozy microclimate between the lime trees.
We've had several days of constant, gentle, soil-drenching rains, as this baby romaine happily testifies.
What's a gardener to do when last year's dill reseeds itself in the midst of its worst garden companion, carrots? I'm treating it as an experiment and leaving it be.
'Bright Lights' chard mix is not as hardy as my favorite, Fordhook Giant, but it is beautiful; I particularly like the orange.
This colorful strawberry leaf is from either a Chandler or Sequoia variety from Dromgoole's Natural Gardener.
The cabbages are finally starting to form heads.
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