Sunday, January 29, 2012

Winter Wonders

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:

At last year's festival, we were introduced to winter honeysuckle and winter jasmine, both sweet-scented winter-bloomer in our area.  After agonizing over the choice, we finally bought the honeysuckle, and it is blooming up a storm and smelling sweet, sweet, sweet.

We have been successful in getting the yellow jessamine established in several places in the garden.  This spot, back in the woods, must get great light and good heat, as the plant is already blooming (is normally a summer/fall bloomer).
My big accomplishment today was getting the taxes finished and filed!  Can't wait for that nice refund check; I've already spent it six times over, but it's fun to dream!

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!


1 comment:

  1. Hello Becky. You seem to have a lovely tendered garden. The photos look wonderful. I noted your are located in Williamsburg. I had a two year stint at near by Ft. Eustis many years ago and also Ft. Lee, also many years ago.
    Thank you for visiting with me on my blog. I appreciate it very much.