Friday, December 31, 2010

Endings and Beginnings

The last abutilon of 2010
 The end of a year always brings thoughts of endings, yet beginnings are all around. Here is a look at some of each in my Davis garden as December 31, 2010 puts an finish to another year.

 As the nandina berries reach their reddest, and just before I decide they need to be removed now that they they have served the purpose of providing holiday color, a new spray of blooms appears on an adjacent plant.

 Likewise, the metallic blue berries of Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet' remain although it has already begun blooming. 

What promises to be the first strawberry of 2011 is just beginning to have a little pink blush while my new Rosa The Fairy shows off its first blossoms of the new year.
Rosa The Fairy
Cyclamen and narcissus foliage
The cyclamen will continue to bloom into January and then rest until next fall, meanwhile narcissus foliage emerges nearby.

Colchicum foliage

The foliage of colchicums given to me at the Buffa10 garden blogger gathering by my friend Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening begins to emerge also.
The beginning of the end of my beloved plum tree
The last shot is the future firewood cut from my plum tree as I begin to remove it. It is the end of that particular plum tree. But all gardeners know that while it is sad to see the death of a prized plant, it is through one plant's demise that we are granted space for a new beginning. And with that thought I'm looking forward to what 2011 the garden and my life.


Gail said...

Leslie, I can't imagine gardening all year at the pace you get to garden. Although, I did plant a few plants today~What a treat to have strawberries so soon in 2011~ Love The Fairy~It's such a sweet rose. Happy New year~I hope this next year is filled with delightful adventures in and out of the garden~gail

Commonweeder said...

Oh to be in Davis, now that January is here! The Fairy is a great rose, but it will be five months before I have any blooms again.

MW said...

Such a pretty post. Some of your best photography yet.

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

Leslie, I'm amazed at all you have blooming. Happy New Year.~~Dee