As I showed you in my Bare Bones post, there's not a lot blooming in my perennial or shrub beds, but I use containers for adding color in the winter.
A pot of cyclamen, oxalis, ivy, and sedum sits by my back door which is a shady spot where pansies would not do well, and it's close by in case I need to give it a little extra protection on the chance our temps dip into the low 20s or teens.
Pansies and kale are really foolproof
and can take just about anything our Texas winters dish out.
Pansies are not pansies!
Here's a grouping in a side planting topiary.
I also mix curly parsley in with pansies for added texture
and bright green color.
A new pansy companion in my containers is bok choy. I am not sure how it would do if it got down into the low 20s or teens, but in the high 20s and low 30s, it has done great. I hope to use more of this next year.
Oh, no! It looks like I've got a worm on my bok choy!
I got this cute little rock caterpillar for Christmas :-)
In the veggie garden I've got some cabbage that is beautiful, but it is extremely slow growing.
And here's my broccoli. I am so proud of this broccoli. I know it is small, but this is the first time I have actually been able to grow broccoli that is even remotely respectable. I tend to grow mini veggies. In fact, my grandson was at a salad bar one time, and they had some of that baby corn (you know the corn you see in Asian food?), and he said, "Hey, it's Mimi corn!"
Here are a few little side broccoli shoots.
Once I cut the main head off, I expect these little side shoots will grow too.
And one new perennial in my backyard shade bed caught my attention this month. This is Heuchera 'Southern Comfort.' I just love the coppery shades of the leaves. I have not had huge success with heucheras in the past, but I couldn't resist this one at the nursery last spring. But, hey, it survived our brutal summer last year, so in my book, it's already a winner!
I hope you've enjoyed my January blooms and foliage.
If you're running a little behind this month, too, and haven't had a chance to check out Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, click here. And for some other great gardens of foliage, click here.
As I mentioned at the start, I can't wait to show you the DIY project I've been working on (planning and dreaming, planning and dreaming). I got some inspiration online, drew out a plan, took all the measurements (10 times!), got the lumber cut today, we've got all the screws, and the drill is charging as we speak. Tomorrow, Lord willing, is the day. If this thing turns out like the one I've got pictured in my mind, I will be so excited! I can't wait to show you.