I spent a few hours this afternoon with Patti at the penthouse garden, starting to do some pruning there. We're doing a major "re-do" of the planters, so today was the day to prune some of the junipers and yews on the living room terrace. I will never understand how yews have managed to stay alive on the 42nd floor with a Southeastern exposure, in Atlanta, for ten years....but who am I to question?
At the Big House, the osmanthus (and even some of the camellias) are looking rather fried from the crazy cold windy weather of last week, and in the stepchild garden, the Chinese Mahonia is definitely a "gonner." (That's what happens when you plant a Zone 9 plant in Atlanta!) At the penthouse, even the aspidistra is looking a little stunned from the weather.
All around, though, there are signs of spring, which is keeping me in my happy mood. At the Big House, the Prunus Mume "Peggy Clark" has three blooms on it, and a ton of buds, so there should be a photo of it later in the week. Bulbs are sending up foliage everywhere (there are 5000 daffodils planted there, as well as all the rest), and here and there the muscari is in bloom. Lots of people think they're weeds, but they are one of my favorite signs that winter has an end each year. Behind the garage, the winter jasmine (above) is starting to bloom. It is not particularly pretty 11 months of the year, but winter is definitely its time to shine!
Hang in there! Spring really is coming!