Winter Color

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.

Dianthus have survived a couple of freezes really well.

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.

Texas Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles japonica) usually has some flowers in January or February.One lone Daffodil has opened up.

Several years ago I bought this at a garden club sale and was told that it was an evergreen fern.  Turns out, it is a native Yarrow with white flowers.  But it is evergreen.

Pittsporoum in a pot provides some green, but the tips of the leaf edges are a little crisp from an earlier freeze.

Another native Yarrow has completely different leaves.  I think this is Moon Dust Yarrow (Achillea ‘Novaachdus’).  It is somewhat evergreen with dusty green leaves and does not reseed.

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.

Yes.  I do know that this is a weed.  But the Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) will be easy to pull out of this pot when I want to get rid of it.

I think it’s pretty, and it is color.  Can’t be too choosy in the winter.

Spectacular sunrises start the day with cheery color.

On a cloud covered morning came brilliant red on the horizon.

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

4 thoughts on “Winter Color

  1. I always enjoy your flowers & other plants. Some I recognize and others, I don’t. But thanks for giving me their names.
    I grew up with a flowering quince just outside the front door, however, Mother always called it a hawthorne. I didn’t know the difference until recent years.
    And Henbit is plentiful, especially in the spring, in most of our yard.

    We are experiencing very cold temperatures today with the forecast calling for even lower temperatures tonight. And our snow accumulation lasted a couple of hours and then the sun took care of what we had heard would be a blizzard! So I’m very thankful. I’m hoping the mail and newspaper will have arrived when I make my trek to the street.

    • Thanks for your comments. One of the things I’ve learned in my old age is that common names for plants are not very accurate.
      Maybe if I had started years ago, I could have memorized their Latin names. Of course, that ain’t happening now. So I spend a
      lot of time looking up correct names.

      I hope you’re not in the part of the deep south that is expected to get the really low temperatures. The news reports about the polar vortex are scary.

      Stay warm and safe.

  2. Since the first of January we have received 6.67 inches of rain. The temperature this morning is 21 degrees and the wind is strong. Daffodils are coming up along the driveway and in some flower buds. Since the fall leaves were not removed, they are surely kept warmer by that blanket. I’ve seen a couple that have started to open. In a few weeks they will be putting on a show!


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