We were gone for 9 days over Thanksgiving and I have been playing catch-up all week. I didn't miss much over the last few days weather-wise but today was a different story. Misty this morning but warm enough to wear shorts. Definitely a day to be spent outdoors. Weeding is the order of the day-and there are so many of them. But first a walk around to see what's in bloom.
After that short spell of winter with several frosts we are back to more seasonable temperatures. The kind plants love. The globe mallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua, is no exception. These milder temperatures always bring out the best in this plant.
The bees were also out today. Too busy to bother about me trying to hone in on a close-up. On previous warmer days they have been all over the alyssum but today they favor the mallow.
No one is visiting the yellow bulbine, Bulbine frutescens, save the gardener. I had a nice surprise this year when tens of seedling bulbines appeared in the cracks of the pavers. That is a first in all the years I have had them. It was a tough year for the mother plants as extremely cold winter temperatures killed many of the plants. Native to South America my zone 8 garden presents a problem during very cold winters.
This weather will be short-lived. Cooler temperatures are expected for the weekend but the plants won't mind.
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend in the garden or if the weather keeps you indoors then enjoy your gardening books.
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