A few things have saved my sanity. One section of my herb garden has fared really well this winter and I have given some thought to why this is. I think the reasons are many.
|Bronze fennel and tall dianthus|
|Calendula with self seeded alyssum Ca poppy and larkspur|
And it was needed as the temperatures plummeted to 18º and never rose above freezing for 3 days. I am so glad I did because it has lifted my spirits to see something blooming in January.
I'm cheering on my little calamondin tree which is just beginning to flower ensuring a good supply of fruit for marmalade next fall.
The pantry shelf is stocked with jars made from the current crop of oranges and my new trial of lemon marmalade.
Another cheery sight was in the potting shed. Having pulled out a couple of orange tree there was now room for me to get inside. Among the small cactus and succulents on the bench a blooming mammillaria. This one seems to bloom year round.
And that delightful Echeveria 'devotion' I picked up at the grocery store last summer is keeping its color during this cool winter.
Do you have plants which lift your spirits during the winter?