Sometimes the best way to enjoy the garden is from inside your warmly heated house. Yep. Today is such a day. The Scandinavian modern configuration of naked pecan branches transposed against a white background is what I see looking out my office window. Often times these branches are accompanied by swarms of white wing doves. Although I discovered yesterday it wasn't just the fallen pecans they were eyeing. They apparently ate through 10 pounds of dog food left in an auto-feeder outside in one night. I didn't realize the simplest bird feed was puppy chow. Dog owners, beware.
When it's too cold to tinker outside in the garden, like now, all of us run in and out of the house to our cars every day. And it's really the most viewed area of any landscape, the area right by the access door. I think it's probably the most important area of all gardens. These plants greet you and your family every day. So I ran outside and took some quick snapshots of my back door garden. Again, you'll see one of my favorite little evergreens, twistleaf yucca, always looking smart even on the dreariest of days. I like to note the flowers that are still hanging around in January, and to that I spied several yellow button blooms on the native four-nerve daisy as well as 6" spikes of deep blue on the salvia 'May Night'. These guys have been blooming continuously since the summer, as if they were amped on stimulants, which they are not.
The only thing I've fed them is a layer of organic compost in the summer and again in the fall.
Oh, my seeds arrived yesterday. I'll start some early tomatoes and some other seeds inside and soon I'll have a little garden right here in my office.