Did you watch the inauguration? It kind of gobbled up my day. I made it out of the house eventually, but I didn't get far.
An extended period of unseasonably warm weather is supposed to end soon. It will get colder, but still no rain.
We've had enough rain this season to fill all three rain barrels, twice. I empty them as fast as I can, using the water as supplemental "rain" in the garden. Hopefully, the natives and mediterraneans won't know the difference. With enough winter rain, they can survive the long summer drought without my help.
My help is for the birds.
For the winter bees, Hardenbergia violacea.
I'm not sure what triggers its bloom... Shorter days? Cool(er) temps? It would be nice to know.
You've met the Tragic Ash. Now say hello to the Sad Sambucus.
It hasn't done much since I planted it in late 2006. Is it not happy here? Would it rather be somewhere else? Does it have places to go? People to meet? The one sad shoot has a nice shape. And here is a bud pointing downward. That's interesting. So it stays.
The tree fern is not sad at all. Three new fronds have extended from the trunk, and I count three more coming right behind them. I tend to cut off the lower fronds once the new ones have unfurled. I like to pass by without having to duck. I can just about do that now, 3 years after planting out from a 2-gallon pot.
The young fiddleheads may be roasted and eaten. Something to try, I guess...
Underneath the fern, spreading here and there, Omphalodes cappadocica. I expect these blue flowers to play a bigger role in the winter garden in coming years. I planted three patches. One died, but two are settling in and spreading nicely.
I don't see flowers on the cyclamen yet, but the leaves are nice. I buy one or two cyclamen bulbs every year on clearance at the end of the season. Here are some of them.
Speaking of nice leaves, did you know there's a yellow-flowering Cerinthe major? And it has variegated foliage! I got this at my local nursery. I didn't recognize the plant tag so I asked about it. Apparently, Annie Hayes' (of Annie's Annuals) ex-husband is starting his own nursery business. This is one of his offerings.
Time to go make dinner. Let's end with something interesting, not sad, thoroughly independent, and blooming without any trigger: