Brave Plants


     In the last three weeks we have had some cold night temperatures.  The temperatures have not just gone below freezing, but have been in the mid-twenties.  Yet I have some flowers that are still hanging on with a few blooms.  The mums, of course, are still blooming.

Carolina Jessamine vine
     The Carolina Jessamine vine has a few blooms.  I did not know whether it would bloom this fall, since it was so recently planted.  But it did surprise me with several blooms.

     I have one begonia that is still blooming.


     Everything around my one petunia in the back yard garden succumbed to the cold.  But it is still holding on.

     The gaillardia in the side garden is still trying to put out blooms.

back yard garden
     My back yard garden is cleaned out for winter except for some sweet alyssum that still has flowers.

bare trees
     Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees in our neighborhood.  So everything is looking kind of bare outside now.

       But surprise!  As I was doing final cleanup in the gardens yesterday I saw a flash of pink in the rhododendron bush.  I looked inside and found three blooms.  So even though we are supposed to have wind chills in the teens tomorrow, these blossoms reminded me to think about the coming spring.

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