Sunday, January 16, 2011
The Winter Garden
It is not unusual for a winter day in Central California to be foggy and gray. Even so, on a recent very foggy Saturday I overheard several conversations that began, "I am so sick of this fog!" Obviously knowing it is common and being accepting of it are not the same thing. Many years ago I dreaded the long, wet, foggy winter because I thought I couldn't get into the garden. With passing years (perhaps fueled originally by some desperation) I realized that our winters were a great time to be outside. The above photo is an example. Many of us look outside, see that fog and all we think is "another gray day." But there is pink in that photo too!
Today I went out to do some clean up. Salvias, nepeta, ornamental oregano and more needed cutting back and the leaves that finally fell from the ornamental plum needed to be raked. If I had stayed inside I would never have found this: