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A Fresh New Year

Roadside Water Runoff

It was a warm and very wet December. To say we’re saturated is an understatement.

Lichen and Hemlock

The rain has brought down lichen covered branches all over the yard.

Turkey Tail Fungus

Turkey tail fungus thrives on the rotting logs.

Jelly Fungus

Gooey jelly fungus drips from the end of a broken branch.

Mahonia Flowers

The unseasonable weather has accelerated the bloom schedule for lots of plants. These mahonia blooms add some sunshine to the lengthy string of gray days.

Ilex latifolia buds

Lusterleaf holly (Ilex latifolia) makes a yellow contribution, too.

Dried Oakleaf Hydrangea

2015’s skeletal remnants hang from an oakleaf hydrangea.

Red Camellia

Professor Charles Sargent camellia has been a joy through the Advent season. The blooms—still beautiful and whole—fall to the ground among fresh new daffodil shoots.

Under the Camellia

Old is shed, and new emerges…it’s how the garden grows.

White Hellebore

Happy New Year, everyone!

Merry Christmas

Amaryllis 'Merry Christmas'

You’re looking down the throat of an amaryllis with me. This one is called Merry Christmas, but even though I potted it in early October, it didn’t bloom until now. I would rename it Happy Valentine’s Day, but no one’s asked me.

Amaryllis 'Merry Christmas' in bud

An amaryllis is welcome whenever it blooms, though, and intense red is a nice jolt of energy on a cold and windy winter morning.

Pale Orange Schlumbergera

I took lots of shots of this pretty bloom trying to capture its pale color and translucence, but never succeeded.

schlumbergera green

It is so delicate and full of light in person…you’ll just have to take my word for it.

slumbergera red

I auto-“enhanced” a few of the shots in iPhoto. It didn’t help to bring out the qualities of the bloom I was after, but maybe they’re more striking like this?

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