There’s no more denying it: winter’s right around the corner. Wait! is that snow falling outside? Shucks. Winter is here. I’m not going to say “already” because there’s been other years when we’ve had enough snow to go sledding at this point, and that snow falling out there today is having a hard time sticking and accumulating. Oh, you want to know what’s blooming in my garden? The only thing that was blooming in my garden yesterday and looking like it was enjoying it was the Johnny-jump-ups:
(There’s a reason why they’re called cool weather annuals.)
The phlox is putting on a brave show but isn’t fooling anybody. The yarrow that bloomed in October still looks presentable, though faded. And that’s about it, folks. The foliage of a lot of plants still looks fine, which is surprising when you realize we’ve had a good 14 nights of below freezing weather, and on two of those it got below 20F (-6.6C). Hollyhocks, catmint, foxgloves, and coral bells all have no flowers but sport impeccable foliage, and the primroses are sending up new growth.
However, all that remains of the spectacular autumn leaf color on the far hillside is the golden hues of the larch, which was still evergreen in October.