It has been very "unwinter"-like in Williamsburg this month - each week has some days in the 70s followed by some days in the 40s. The plants in my garden are really unsure about what they should be doing, but I was thrilled today to find some winter garden favorites going strong.
Last winter, DH and I spent a cold February Saturday at the Smithfield Gardens' Winter Hellebore Festival and a most pleasant hour in the "Hellebore and Winter Gems" class. You may know hellebores as "Lenten roses." I've grown to love the winter blooms in purples, creams, pinks, and greens in all shapes and sizes, and the interest and life that they add to a garden otherwise at rest. Here's one of my favorites:
I did spend a little time on a new ornament from the JCS 2011 Ornament issue while watching "Downton Abbey." More on the ornament tomorrow. There are still a few minutes let in the day to take up my needle and sew!