We've been so busy lately, both in the garden and in that other place...the real world. Anyway, this weekend, we happily got out in the garden again to finish trimming away winter's wrath. Most of our burned foliage was cut back in February, but we never got around to some of the bigger stuff. This weekend was time to cut back dead leaves from the giant birds of paradise, the bananas, and the starburst clerodendrum.
With a cold and frigid December...one for the record books actually...I had really dreaded what January might have in store. But in the end, it was such a soft, gentle January, as January's go, with so many spring-like days to enjoy. Today, there is evidence that the garden has begun springing back to life. There are little leaflets peeping out of the ground beneath dead branches of pentas and clerodendrum. Brightly colored foliage is rising out of the stems of the crinums and bananas. If February holds out for us, and it does look promising, I do think we shall have a splendid and floriferous Easter this year. (It's been a while!)
Join me on a walkthrough in my garden today, where springy thoughts abound!
I love birds. I love cardinals. Aren't they just the quintessential songbird? They delight us year-round with their delightful chirps, and the garden just wouldn't be the same without them. But, tell me, what would you do if a cardinal pair decided to build a nest in your entry portico?
When I walk in my garden on a normal day, my attention is drawn toward the bright, colorful blooms and giant tropical leaves that make up my garden. But for a couple of months every year, we feel winter's effect here in my Zone 9 Florida garden. It is during this time that I really notice the details in my garden. Searching for little, interesting things makes it much easier to ignore the all-consuming brown. And that is what I did on my walk through the garden today: