It was a warm and very wet December. To say we’re saturated is an understatement.
The rain has brought down lichen covered branches all over the yard.
Turkey tail fungus thrives on the rotting logs.
Gooey jelly fungus drips from the end of a broken branch.
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.
Lusterleaf holly (Ilex latifolia) makes a yellow contribution, too.
2015’s skeletal remnants hang from an oakleaf hydrangea.
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.
Old is shed, and new emerges…it’s how the garden grows.
Happy New Year, everyone!