The garden seems a bit empty, but in December the gardener puts her tools away, rests from her labors, and dreams of spring.
The Merrifield Garden Center crew came Monday and cleaned up the dead and dying debris from the yard, mulched to the beds, turned the compost bins and installed a couple of new plants. When all is cleared away, you can see the ‘bones’ of the garden. Below: the results.
The side yard is clean, the “sticks” to the left are Crepe Myrtle twigs. The Myrtle died back to the ground last winter and came back to life in spring. The red berries are Nandina or ‘heavenly bamboo.’
The area around the bench looks barren, but a good place to rest and bask in the winter sun.
My main flower bed where Japanese Anemone and other perennials grow next to a tall Holly. Note the three compost bins in the upper right corner and water butt to the left. A raised bed in the background holds a few small plants. The side yard to the left beyond the frame is the dog patch.
More of the main bed. We left the Echinacea stems standing. Finches like the seeds in winter.
A new female Skimmia covered with blooms for next spring graces the side yard. Birds like the berries.
More of the side yard. The green plants are Helleborus and Pachysandra. Great winter ground covers that stay green all year.
The blue thing visible through the Holly is the county’s recycle bin. In the foreground, Pieris Japonica.