Another year begins and with it the opportunity to think about new projects. I have used many of the stones I bought last year and although a few remain unset, I am excited to buy more at the gem shows in February.
I love to be outside this time of year because the days are getting longer and my garden begins a new cycle of bloom.
|Chimonanthus praecox, Japanese allspice|
|Jasminum nudiflorum, Winter Jasmine|
This is an outstanding hardy plant from China that will cascade if it is on a hillside. It's a spreading low grower. I had to cut whatever I could for a vase before the deer ravage the flowering stems. It isn't fragrant but the color is very beautiful in the winter landscape.