In February 2012 I fell on our big berm in the front yard and broke both bones in my right arm. This was a big handicap since I am right-handed. Since then, I’ve had other health issues that prevented me from writing my blog. Today I begin again.
Winter time limits the color palette of the garden. Hollies and other evergreens are the stars of the landscape now. Deciduous hollies show off now because they lose their leaves, so their berries really show up, as this Possumhaw before leaf fall and the Winterberry without leaves.
Grape-hollies, which are neither grapes nor hollies, are blooming now. The bees are eager to collect nectar from one of the few winter-blooming plants. The pretty yellow bell flowers are followed by gorgeous sky-blue berries.
Hellebores, also called Christmas or Lenten Roses, bloom reliably in January and February, with blossoms continuing until April. Most are evergreen, so their large palm-shaped foliage makes a good ground cover. Inter-planting them with spring bulbs helps hide unsightly bulb foliage after their flowers are spent.
I’m a little rusty on how-to-do etc., but it is good to be back. See you in the garden!