Thursday, February 21, 2008

A little Sunshine in my garden

We had a mixed bag of weather today - humid and damp and misty this morning, then that broke and the sun came out and then a cold front blew in and blew right back out again, leaving sunshine and warmth for the rest of the afternoon. As I was cleaning up the back patio and pruning some, I was struck by how many yellows I have in my garden. So I thought I'd take you on a tip-toe through the yellows today. This is a Gerbera daisy left from last year's basket of mixed color.
Mickaela Euonymus
Daffodils - -again!
This is a Duranta stem with some yellow berries on it -- hard to see because it's in the garage still until we pass the early March last possible freeze point. I'm not moving that baby twice -- she's heavy.
Here are some flowers in my kitchen today.
Mums and Alstromeria - some of my favs.
Euryops Daisy
Primrose Jasmine
Variegated shell ginger.
(With quite a bit of freeze damage that I just
haven't cutback yet, so this is a sample of
yellow and dead!)
Leatherleaf Mahonia.
Compact Daisies.

Thought this might be a little ray sunshine for those of you who are still deep in the throes of winter.

Enjoy.

9 comments:

Carol said...

I did enjoy the sunshine in your garden. Thank you, I needed it. We just had a round of "wintry mix", mostly snow, and I think there is more to come. I might have to come back later to look at these flowers some more.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Diana said...

Carol - you're so welcome. Sorry about the powder - it can't last too much longer, can it? Just keep thinking about those fabulous peonies and other plants you will get to enjoy later that we can never have here.

Nancy J. Bond said...

It's so exciting to see some color in a garden! Spring is weeks away here in NS, and your spots of color are a nice change from winter grey. :)

Kylee said...

Oh such beautiful blooms and color in your garden! Thanks for sharing it with us northerners! I love the Mahonia foliage, too.

Dawn said...

Oh, nice yellows! So cheerful and sweet. Looks like Spring is coming early to your garden. Lovely! :-)

Cheers!
Dawn

Robin's Nesting Place said...

So pretty!
I have my gerbera daisies inside for the winter and they are still blooming. I can't wait until it warms up enough to plant them outside!

Diana said...

Nancy - glad you liked the color -- gotta get that happy somewhere until the grey is gone. Whether it's seed catalogs or flowers from the grocery store or posts!

Thanks Kylee-- I love the Mahonia, too. Never had a shady enough spot for one before this house -- these are my first 3 and I like their texture and color and grittiness. I think it's good to have contrast in your garden.

Dawn - thanks! How's your garden growing these days? I still have so little blooming compared to what is still dormant, but I see signs of it coming everywhere.

Robin -- this Gerbera was in a mixed basket from teh big box store last summer and it sat on an outside table. I think it had a coleus in it and it eventually gave up the ghost late last fall. I was about to throw the whole basket away (it looked kind of ratty - you know how they can get) when I saw a little green Gerbera leaf. So I plopped the basket down in my side flower bed so it would get some water occasionally and now it's all happy. Guess neglect is better than my care! I'll have to transplant it soon.

Annie in Austin said...

Your stuff is looking good, Diana.

I may copy you - would I have a better record with duranta if I brought them into the garage with the plumeria?
Other people in Austin tell me duranta live over winter in their gardens, but mine don't.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Annie - well, my tree in the garage is sprouting leaves and looking good. But I do have one in the back in the ground that is doing ok. It's in a very sheltered spot though, nestled in by a fence and the hot tub and a little close to the house. The top foot of it got frost-bite and died, but the bottom foot or two are still green and seem to be growing. (I just need to cut that ugly off!) I suspect they need shelter or covering.