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Winter Green

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Right now my garden is best viewed close up.  This way you don’t see all the leaves I have not yet raked and the perennials that need to be cut back. One of things that  I appreciate about this season is all the different shades of green and the few flowers, including my Prunus mume (a white flowered selection) with more buds than it had last year, but not enough to impress anyone except me.  While I am a realist,   I am always optimistic, both  in my garden and in my outlook on life. 

Arum italicum 'Pictum'

Arum italicum 'Pictum' and Carex 'Evergold'

  For me, one of the pleasures of gardening, beyond the physical activity,  is that there is always hope, anticipation and excitement.  While it’s true that plants die and weeds appear reliably every year, there are always surprises, be it blooms, blossoms or colorful twigs.  I only added a few different types of bulbs this fall but I notice that my Lycoris radiata , surprise lilies, which I planted several years ago,  some given to me by a neighbor (the plants are from her family farm in Alabama) and some I purchased, put up foliage this summer which still looks good.   I am hopeful that next fall they will finally bloom,  but I will have to wait and see. 

Lycoris radiata December 18

Lycoris radiata foliage in December

Euphorbia wulfenii in December

Euphorbia wulfenii in December

According to the calendar the first day of winter is December 21 but the weather here in Atlanta is still mild.  The good news is that it is the ideal time to add trees and shrubs to our gardens.  Here are a few close ups of what looks good in my garden right now.

Acer palmatum 'Bihou'

Acer palmatum 'Bihou' yellow bark selection of Japanese maple

Chamaecyparis obtusa  a golden selection

Chamaecyparis obtusa, a favorite selection of Hinoki cypress

Danae racemosa December 18

Danae racemosa, poet's laurel, an elegant evergreen shrub

Daphne odora

Daphne odora 'Alba' - antcipation - fragrant white flowers

Ilex - variegated selection December

variegated holly