Yes, it's supposed to be random Friday but why wait to share the joy. I have the same philosophy when it comes to egg nog, fruit cake, and cookies; why wait until Christmas, they put this stuff on the shelves in October for a reason and who are we to postpone the enjoyment of it all. Life's getting shorter every day. This also explains why the only clothes I feel comfortable in of late are sweats, but I digress. Here, without further ado are some shots of things in my garden that made me smile when I saw them.
The golden winter sun shining on the buds and branches of Paulownia tomentosa with real live blue sky in the background.
Dried seed heads of lunaria annua. Yes it's a weed but I always allow a couple to grow because they are kind of sweet!
I got this fern in a pot this summer, was told that it's evergreen and is called fan fern. This doesn't look anything like any of the fan ferns I've seen online. It's certainly evergreen and very pretty. The saying ignorance is bilss must true as I'm a very happy person. Anyway, if you know what the real name of this fern is, please let me know. (I promise to still be happy.)
The gold culms of Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Allgold' always make me happy to be alive and they're this color year round!
Late fall through spring are the only times of the year that buddha and the gunnera leaf are visible behind my pond. The rest of the year, the magnolia leaves mostly obscure this view. I leave it because the magnolia blooms with the blue leaf and buddha make quite a lovely combination.
Yup, it's an Alberta Spruce in a gallon pot. This Christmas, I decided not to decorate because I'm basically a grinch and a sloth. My sister who lives in Alaska and, like our mother, decorates everything that doesn't move decided that I simply couldn't let a Christmas pass without some sort of decoration. Came a box to my door this advent from Jackson and Perkins containing this sweet little tree tarted up to look like one of those ladies of a certain age that wear purple hats, red boas and the like. I put it on our coffee table and plugged it in. Voila, instant Christmas along with a reminder that I'm also of a certain age. After enjoying the tree for a respectable period of time, I rescued it from it's festive garb and placed it outside.
Here's a picture from the Jackson and Perkins website. See why it makes me smile?
My ilex verticulata finally produced berries this year. It's been a 15 year wait but the berries look amazing in front of the oh so blue Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Van Pelt's Blue.'