Sunday, January 28, 2007

January garden crappiness with tiny hints of color

Successive frosts and freezes and a rainfall deficit means the garden is looking pretty ragged right now. I'm not cutting anything back till frost danger has passed... except my roses, which I should have already pruned but... haven't. If I do it in the next couple days, the rose police won't have anything on me.

If you won't pet me and scratch my head... I guess this shrub will have to suffice.

Fine. Be that way.

'Tropicanna' canna is looking more like 'Freezorama' canna

Persian shield looooves heat and haaaaates cold.

Violas looking cute but not growing much

Orchid cactus looking surprisingly unmushy. I think it's in a lucky little microclimate.

These pansies and tulips are loving being tucked up against a stucco wall on the southwest corner of the property.

Ooh... Mexican bush sage, lavender and sedum looking fabulously awful.

Succulents in foreground doing ok, but hibiscus in background looking pretty crispy.


Impulse purchase from awhile back doing ok up against a west-facing wall


  1. Shame on you not petting could you resist that sweet face? ;)

    If you think your yard looks like crap.....try living in the midwest!

  2. Actually, I couldn't resist petting Emily... she just had to wait until I was done taking her picture. ;-)

  3. Your garden has a lot in common with my garden right now, including the hibiscus--mine got its butt whooped in the last frost. And perhaps you can tell me--what is one supposed to do with canna when they've finished blooming--cut them back hard, deadhead, what? And that picture at the top is lovely. What is it?

  4. I leave my cannas alone until we're frost free and I see new growth emerging from the base of the plant. I cut it back to just above the new growth.

    The pic at the top is plain ol' purple ornamental kale.

  5. The "Fine. Be that way." picture made me literally giggle. Glad to hear that she got her petting in. :)

    That stuff in the ground in the picture above your "Blech." note... is that some kind of carex/palm sedge? Interesting form on that.

  6. "That stuff in the ground in the picture above your "Blech." note... is that some kind of carex/palm sedge? Interesting form on that."

    Frost-weary mini carnations!