Even though it is cold, wet and sometimes downright miserable outside I find myself drawn to wander around the garden at this time of year to see what is happening. Surprisingly there is a lot of bird activity (wild and my domestic yard birds) and some plants really shine. Here is a sampling of what caught my eye on this freezing morning:
The black eyed Susan (Rudbekia) seed heads are one of my favorites for fall and winter interest. I don’t understand why so many people cut them down right after they are done blooming..they look like little floating black polkadots!
One of my strawberry trees that flank the barn in large pots – they were hit really hard in a winter 3 years ago and almost completely defoliated. I thought I lost them at first, and they looked awful for that following spring but started to bounce back slowly. Now they have a good flower set started and I’m crossing my fingers that they don’t get damaged by another harsh winter. I want to see some fruit darn it!