So now I am pleased with my pots of savoy cabbages, kale, chard, garlic , bay tree, and herbs that line my back deck. To have something growing in the dead of winter brings great joy to this otherwise gray season.
Snow has not fallen this winter and we've been teased with a few mild days in the upper '50's. Then came mid-January and the weekend was in the mid-70's for 2 whole days. What bliss to feel the warm sun on my face and back. I headed outside and discovered that Creeping Charlie had started to peep up above the layers of mulch in the front yard flower beds and I spent an hour digging it out.
January also brings an amazing number of trees in bloom and with the mild Spring-like weather I headed out to see some of them at the Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
The Xeric garden with its tropical palms and succulents was amazing -just seeing its greeness delights .
But the Japanese garden with its blooming cherries, apricots and camellias was the most delightful of all. Even without a flower or tree in bloom it would've been just as enchanting with all the natural elements that make up its foundation.