Six on Saturday – Winter Color – November 30, 2019

Almost all the leaves are down from the trees, with the exception of one large maple. I’ll wait a little while and then call my garden guy who will climb on the roof and blow out the gutters. Then he’ll blow the worst of the downed leaves out from the garden beds. I don’t mind some as a winter blanket of insulation.

  1. The leaves have fallen from the ninebark by the lattice, from the crepe myrtles and all the red twig dogwoods. The solidago provides some color as does the yucca in the foreground. I almost took it out in the summer but now am glad I didn’t. The Asian honeysuckle in the background has berries but they are not good food for birds.

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2. After cutting back some of the New England asters we can now see the garden sculpture I made from wine barrel hoops. I need to learn how to weld!

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3. A New England aster that hasn’t gotten the “winter is here” memo.

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4. Tall grasses add texture to the garden at this time of year.

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5. A maple near the deck can be seen from inside the house. It suddenly lit up last week.

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6. Inside a boxwood topiary made with my friend Carol Meholic’s help, graces my kitchen. I run water over it daily to keep the Oasis moist.

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6 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Winter Color – November 30, 2019

  1. Beautiful sculpture in wine barrel hoops. I imagine a little climber that would grow in: you have to find which one now …
    I also have plants that I have to moisten every day of winter. Problem, my water is too hard here and I have to bring several buckets of rain water home, thaw them, put them at the right temperature and run the water on the plants the next day … a whole process to save some plants in winter!

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    • The little boxwood topiary is in Oasis. I don’t know what that is called in France. It’s that green stuff that you use in floral arrangements. The top gets dry long before the bottom, but I can replace the boxwood stems if it gets looking shabby.

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      • Oh, I thought it was an ordinary boxwood pot. An Oasis, as you name it, doesn’t have a name with us (or I don’t know it … I would have to ask a florist) but I can see exactly what it is. Nevertheless the watering is the same and is necessary.

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  2. Just prior to stopping by, I was looking for yucca seed! A few years ago, I lacked only one species of the 51 identified species. I am not certain that the lacking species is even real. Some species are very rare. I would like to recover all those species. Only a few are native to California, and the only two I met in the wild prior to 2012 were (Hespero)Yucca whipplei and Yucca brevifolia. I don’t know what varieties either were.

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