A December stroll
Some, of course, do not like it at all. I knew Salvia 'Amistad' was very tender. Whether it makes it until next year remains to be seen. It is, however, a plant that I would purchase again. The hummingbirds loved it.
|Salvia 'Amistad' and Mugo Pine 'Aurea'|
Another iffy one is New Zealand Flax. I have never grown this before but I have always admired the imposing spikes of it in California gardens. I hear it is marginal here. The 24 degree night did not seem to phase it. Of course the wet conditions here during the winter are sometimes the culprit.
Phormium 'Rainbow Queen' (New Zealand Flax)
Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet' seems to really like the cooler weather. Look at all those buds!
Viburnum 'Spring Bouquet'
|Pieris 'Mountain Fire'|
Rose buds are everywhere. I have never seen such pink buds on 'Marie Pavie'. This is a white rose with pale pink shadings. Look at these buds though...
|Polyantha Rose 'Marie Pavie'|
|China Rose 'Mutabalis'|
|Picea orientalis 'Skylands'|
A stray Holly seedling that I have no idea where it came from. The leaves are beautiful. I would love to find the name of the variety.
A few more winter beauties to wind up...
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy