Unbelievable! December is in a few days and our first sub-freezing night is tomorrow. Frantic rush to bring potted Kimberly Ferns indoors or at least to sunroom; get mulch down; and, otherwise prepare garden for Winter hazards. Christmas decorations abound as we got an early start with red and green spotlights from ten years ago – thankfully, they still work! Red ornaments hang from the Ginkgo tree and the Nutcracker, Clara Ballerina, and Santa check out the recent Pansy plantings. Earlier frosts have ended the reign of the giant Elephant Ear and multitude of Hosta. If I mulch the Ears heavily tomorrow, they will survive and enter their fourth year next summer to once again dominate the front porch garden.
Azaleas are still blooming and the Pieris are filled with February blooming buds. I did manage to trim all the frost bitten Hosta leaves but I will not transplant them until new sprouts appear in March. The Pieris will start sprouting crimson leaves in February and March and dominate the garden scene. The dark green leaves of Jasmine form a nice background to the orangey Pieris and some lingering Elephant Ears are emerging with thoughts of surviving the cold… won’t happen!
A few of the Yellow Pansy are in the lower center.
Just to the right is the rest of the front porch garden with a background of evergreen azalea with only a few of the late Fall blooms left, They will all fall as temperatures plummet
Thank you for sharing a tour with me, Have a great Holiday Season!!