Is it Spring Yet?

Is it Spring Yet?
Helleborus  argutifolius aka Corsican Hellebore

Helleborus argutifolius aka Corsican Hellebore

Here it is, one day past Christmas, and I think it’s almost Spring. Apparently, the weather gods have other ideas. Colder temperatures are forecasted this week, but it’s a decent today. High overcast and an occasional peek of blue.

I managed a quick garden stroll and a few snaps before the 45 °F registered with my toes.


Podocarpus macrophyllus

Podocarpus macrophyllus

Podocarpus macrophyllus ever the trouper.


Dasylirion wheeleri

Dasylirion wheeleri Spiky & Spiny

Spiky guys, doing fine.

Schefflera, fingers crossed.

Hesperaloe parviflora, aka Red Yucca, at four and counting. I love these & so do hummingbirds. May end up the most repeated plant in my garden.

You can always count on Sedums and Sempervivum. I’d forgotten about the Dyckia. It was a gift from Lance Wright.


Open Air Slippers

Open Air Slippers

I take after my daughter on garden shoes.  Except Megan‘s would have heels.


  • Ed Morrow

    Are those aphids on the Podocarpus macrophyllus? If so, do you do anything to control them?


    • Thanks Ed. I’ll take a closer look. Then I’ll wring my hands and wonder what to do if there’s a problem. I definitely have aphids on Aloe I’m overwintering in the basement. So far, I sprayed it with a non-toxic cleaner that was sitting nearby. I usually add compost to my garden and don’t do anything else. But now I’ve added quite a few plants that like lean soil. All in all, not sure what I’m doing about any of it.

  • Very nice plants! The most summery pic though are the open air sandals :))

    • I back my way into every project–so the shoes are par for the course 🙂

  • You know me, wishing for spring (or summer!) before it’s even technically winter. About those aphids on the Podocarpus – I certainly don’t see what Ed is seeing but he’s got me wondering…Ed, where do you see aphids? Patricia, are there any aphids?

    • I don’t technically mind winter, just that it’s too cold to garden…

  • Evan

    Great plants! I don’t see aphids on the Podocarpus, either. I see abscission scars where leaves have fallen off, and a couple odd objects on the central leader that look more like old lady bug larva exoskeletons than aphids. I’m done with winter. Can we fast forward to spring?

    • I’m “rooting” for lady bug larva. What a perfect solution.