No matter what else is going on (or not) in the garden, we always have this.
Of course, during these bleak, rainy days, they stand more as dark sentinels, but I thought I would show them to you catching the morning light.
And I especially like this shot, taken that same morning.
Is this lichen or moss? I don’t know, but I sure do like the way it has encrusted the trunks of the Cleredendrum tree.
The heaths and heathers, I plant not for their blooming season, but for the way they color up in early spring. This one is called, appropriately, ‘Red Fred’.
Out back, in the “dry” berm, things did not go so well. The Opuntia has turned to mush. The main paddle under there may survive. It looks pretty good. I’m guessing I should hustle out there and cut off all the squishy parts. Any thoughts on that? I had feared that this would overtake the whole bed, so maybe this is not such a bad development.
The good news in that area is that the Agave neomexicana pulled through like a champ. Thanks go to Maurice Horn at Joy Creek Nursery for steering me to this one after failing with some others chosen with no help from an expert.
And thanks to Pam at Digging for creating a venue where we can all celebrate the true stars of our gardens, the foliage.