As the sun wains on today, it is 76 degrees outside. Mild with a light breeze. A top 10 day of the year, weatherwise, and on a Sunday to boot.
This morning with my coffee, I was sitting outside and taking a look at the roses, which I hadn't pruned at all, and...they were all breaking dormancy! Those that went into dormancy, that is. Marie Pavie has been blooming throughout the winter, in total shade. So, I threw in the towel and pick up the trowel and decided that today was first real garden day of the year. I probably worked for 5 straight hours out there!
|The remains of the blooms from Marie Pavie|
|Rosa "Church Heist"|
|"Evergreen Giant" Liriope along the driveway... looking good even in winter|
|New Azaleas looking very small in their new home|
My garden, still mostly sleepy, has turned a big corner in the past week... the no going back corner. Our average 'last frost' date here on the peninsula is Feb 11, but things are way ahead, and if we get a freezing night this year I'm hoping its not til next December. I think the latest ever is March 8, and thats a full month from now, so fingers are crossed. It is hard to imagine though, as the entire winter has been in the 60s and 70s minus a handful of days. Snowflakes are up, muscari nearly there, and even the tropical brugmansia has unfurled a few leaves.