When the Associated Press photo editor called me to set up a shoot of me in my garden earlier this month there was grave concern that this would even be possible. Did I have ANYTHING blooming, even a HOUSEPLANT? And that just got me started on my schtick about evergreens and rocks and ponds and garden furniture and all that good stuff and she fell for it! No seriously, though a nongardener working and living in Manhattan, she could envision all that looking damned photogenic.
And the photographer herself immediately saw all the best shoot locations - standing under an arched doorway, against the backdrop of a waterfall, on a teak bench with evergreen foliage and red berries behind me and ON AND ON. (Did I mention it was about 40 degrees and a bit windy, too?)
But back to blooms because that's what gardenbloggers show off on the 15th of every month and I only have one really sad-looking and disappointing hellebore bloom (H. foetidus) that you don't want to see. That's why I'm showing you my friend Pam's rosemary as it looked just last week, which she assures me will be its happy state right through the winter. Gotta get me some of that.
And here's a favorite winter photo of mine, taken at the National Arboretum. Don't winterberry hollies look awesome massed like that and paired with grasses? For the Latin-inclined, that's Ilex verticulata.