Winter has been mild so far here, which is fine with me. So there are some tiny bits of color scattered around the yard.
First, I must apologize for the quality of some of the pictures – not totally in focus.
This Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana) has had some blooms that don’t stay open for more than a day. It’s a native with dusty green curly leaves and is a good performer in both the summer heat and a mild winter.
This hardy Ice Plant is amazing. It’s been in the same pot on the back porch for years. In cold weather, the foliage looks a little ragged, but it keeps on blooming even in freezing weather. The pot is in a corner spot which protect it from harsh winds.
I think it’s pretty, and it is color. Can’t be too choosy in the winter.
While we’re enjoying a mild winter, I realize that further north, a polar vortex has struck with devastating temperatures. I pray for safety for everyone experiencing this.
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell