15 January 2012

More reasons to love living in the south.

Winter here, is usually pretty mild.
We might get snow in January or February,
but it never lasts.
None so far this year.
What we do have right now is...
My Sweet Husband found these blooming in the yard already.
Since we were expecting frost,
he brought them in for me.
Last year they bloomed in snow.
 Purple Pansies,
We planted pansies in the fall.
These always remind me of a song I learned in Sunday School.
The song was about "little purple pansies" being a drop of gladness.
They were my Mom's favorite flower.
Don't they just make you smile.
 Yellow Pansy
We have yellow pansies too.
They are quite hardy.
Our temperature got down around 20 degrees F the other night,
the pansies did not seem to mind.
Yellow and White Daffodil 
We also rehabilitated an old garden area in the front yard this fall.
I spent hours on my knees clearing the area.
Then I planted bulbs that had been uncovered by work in other areas of the yard.
There are only a few blooming so far,
but as you can see, well worth the effort.
I took this photo at twilight,
I love the way the late evening sun shines through it.
 New Garden Area
This is a view of the entire area.
I was not sure how well the bulbs would do as the tree in the center is a young oak.
Some plants will not grow under an oak.
 Mary in Camellias
We have three different types of Camellias.
Two are blooming right now.
I love the way this one seems to be blooming just for her.
 Large Camellia
 Smaller Camellia
This one is smaller and more like a rose.
One way to tell the difference,
Camellias have no perfume.
Another difference is in the plant and leaves.
These bushes are at least eight feet tall.
 Frost Bitten Camellia
We have not escaped winter,
Some camellias opened at the wrong time.
This one did not survive the cold.
 Frost Bitten Buds
Here are two of the smaller ones that did not make it.
 Camellia Buds Waiting to Open
Not to worry,
The bushes are still full of these.
Paper whites
Remember the Paper whites from the last post?
Here is a last view.
As you can see, the flowers are almost gone from this year.
We will plant them out in the new garden area out front with the daffodils.
Then we will have blooms again next year.

Hope your winter has plenty of bright moments so far,
and I hope your homes are as warm and happy
as mine is right now.


  1. Wow!! What wonderful signs of spring-like life in your wonderful garden!! Lovely!!

    The pansies are ever so pretty aren't they? I think they have the most delicate petals but so big and bold at the same time!

    My pots of plants are still asleep but a few bulbs are peeking through - not quite there though!

    Take care

  2. nice...you have all kinds of pretty flowers...it has been unusually warm this year...no snow...maybe soon though...of we may get it in june...ha

  3. Yes, the South is great and the beauty isn't limited by the seasons!

  4. Oh, lovely! We too have a mild winter so far and i hope it stays this way. But about 4 years ago we had the mildest January and then got hit by heavy snow in February, and were under a heavy cover for months to come. It did not vanish until April. So we are not out of the woods yet.;)
    Love all these images, they warm my heart.;)

  5. I usually have pansies in hanging baskets through winter as they handle the cold weather so well, but I never got round to getting any this year, my loss. They are lovely plants though.


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