This winter has held its first snowfall on the ground right up to today. The only soil that we have seen is the many time plowed driveway. The sun is steadily climbing higher in the sky and its warmth is now sufficient to melt lane ice despite the still frozen ground. We placed the long wall of the house facing south. It is massive and white and both plants and soil are in view here as a result of reflected heat.
Rose Campion is a European native. It prefers poor stony ground to carefully enriched garden soil. Here it has seeded itself in the stone paths adjacent to garden beds where it spreads impressively. Move it to rich garden soil and it will flower once then vanish. Its bright purple flowers look great next to its whiteish green leaves.
We are not in agreement as to the identity of these plants. Daylilies usually form large dense clumps but these plants grow in the shade of a Rose of Sharon tree. Whatever they are, we welcome them. They remain green despite temperatures in the mid twenties.
These green leaves may well be Coral Bells that are native to Arizona perhaps in the high country. They are green and ready to grow and will soon be weeded and mulched. Moss growing on stone walls looks great also.
These Sweet Williams look like they are suffering but are clearly alive. My mood has brightened just with the idea that working among the plants will soon be possible.
This bright green belongs to my arch enemy Quack Grass. Despite our decades long battle, this plant will quickly take over my gardens when I am no longer able to kneel on the ground to remove it. Still, its early growth is bright, green and strong.
These Iris were a gift from Jane. Sadly she is no longer with us but many of her plants and wall stones remain. Royal purple will be the color of this plants huge blossoms. Early division and replanting will help us maintain this treasure. Of course, clearing last season's leaves will soon happen. We believe that the insulation provided by last seasons leaves helps the plant survive winter.
If anyone needs to mark the location of their septic tank, now is the time. No close placement to basement walls melted this snow. An underground organic heat source did that job. That strange dark shape in the foreground is the end of a low stone wall. Sunlight and heat absorbing stone melted some snow here.