Most of the garden looks soggy and bedraggled this time of year, but we still have a few flowers: winter iris, cyclamen, violas, and lots of lovely camellias. The stalks of dried grasses were nice too, but we just cut them down so spring growth can begin.
In this climate zone of California it’s tough to convince roses to go dormant. We usually strip their leaves and prune in January to force dormancy. When you don’t strip and prune, you get roses in winter, which can be fun even though it’s probably not as good for the bush. We didn’t prune all the roses this year so we have some blooming now. Just a few blooms on the warmer days, but they’re a special treat in winter.
The tulips and daffodil bulbs are coming up. Spring is around the corner. 🙂