I'm belatedly joining Cathy of Words and Herbs for the last three days of her annual 'Week of Flowers' series (described here in her kick-off post). She started her posts on Friday, December 1st and will conclude them on Thursday, December 7th this week. The intent is to brighten what is often a somber period of the gardening year in the Northern Hemisphere. Coastal Southern California is arguably less dark and dismal than many other areas but, even in my frost-free climate, plant growth slows and I spend the majority of my time in the garden cutting things back, cleaning up, and planting with spring and summer in mind. Remembering the bursts of color I can expect in the coming months helps me focus on what needs to be done in the interim.
I looked back at photographs I collected over the first six months of this year and picked those that captured distinct moments of joy. This post includes photos taken in January and February this year.
|At the moment the leaves on my ornamental pear tree (Pyrus calleryana) are only just beginning to turn color, littering the driveway. If it follows last year's schedule, it'll be covered in white flowers in early February like this.
I'll cover the March-April timeframe on Wednesday and the May-June timeframe on Thursday. In the meantime, drop in on Cathy at Words and Herbs to find the images she's pulled together to brighten wintry days. You might also want to participate yourself. Cathy welcomes all who wish to join in, asking only that they link to her A Week of Flowers post at Words and Herbs.
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