It's been cold and wet for much of the last week and I needed a reason to get out in the garden so an End of Month View tour was just the ticket.
Brrrr, it was just a few degrees above freezing! That's a very cold afternoon temperature even for February. Just outside the front door....do I want to go out in this?
Venturing a little farther along the walk. The Gopher Plant I copied from Pam at Digging is blooming and repeating the yellow of the Color Guard Yuccas in the background.
Love this plant and plan to add more this spring.
The watering can is not needed today! I'm training ivy around the lantern from Yeya's Antiques and Oddities. Salvia Indigo Spires in the foreground has bloomed throughout the winter months.
Pinecone finial from a thrift shop nestles in the iris bed..
Agave ovatifolia always shines during cloudy weather.
Color Guard Yuccas also seem to brighten up on gloomy days.
Golden Barrel cacti bring that same yellow-green combination across the drive
One of the neighborhood cats wonders what is going on, and if there is any food in it for him.
Variegated Elaeagnus (back right) completing the yellow and green circuit that works so well with silvery plants. The Bismarck Palm is closed up ready to be wrapped if the temperatures go too low.
Through the gate the deer fence across the back is progressing. Wildflowers are the only green in the dormant buffalo grass lawn at the moment.
The tank from my latest visit to Yeya's is getting settled. It needs to be leveled and filled but there's no work in the garden today.
It's been set on an axis with the tank in the circle garden, which is a fancy way of saying they are lined up.
Blooming Gregg's Dalea is taking over one wedge of the circle.
Cinnamon Bunny Opuntia hunkers down in its strawberry pot for now. I need to lift it and fill the top of the pot this spring.
The lemons on the Meyer Lemon might be frozen concentrate soon. We brought this and several other plants out of the garage when it warmed up last week.
Mexican Flame Vine is blooming bright by the kitchen window.
A last look over the back gate at those arching oaks. The Brugmansia did not freeze back this year so they should really put out the blooms this year.
That's the tour for this cold ending to February. But overall it's been a good winter for allowing plants to continue growing since there were no deep freezes here this year. We should see temps back in our average 60 - 70F range soon.
More End of Month Views from garden bloggers can be found at The Patient Gardener's Weblog.