A few long views now that hard frost, chill rain and brisk winds have changed the landscape:
Part of the Upper Garden featuring deciduous trees, pines and broadleaf evergreens. Oakleaf Hydrangeas still have reddish leaves. Fifty year old pines shelter from western winds.
A falling limb took off one side of this small Camellia seedling last winter.
It has recovered nicely, if one-sided; has lots of buds like the others.
Gerbera Daisy from seeds. Gerberas are fairly hardy.
Knockout Rose bud.
At the opposite end of the Upper Garden I transplanted 3 young Camellias at the ends of long beds.
It pained me to have to pinch off some buds to put their strength into growth.
South of the Upper Garden is a row of Gardenias, six feet tall.
I pruned them in late June. I didn't allow for their growing back so quickly.
Front of the house where we took down a Dogwood that grew in the middle of the
Philadelphus to the left of Gardenias. It was slowly dying.
Cutting a really huge Pecan limb did little damage here except
to a volunteer Holly tree. The stub to the left is all that's left.
The strappy foliage is ancient Narcissus.
Winter is the best time to do garden work here when weather is cool.
I have tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and muscari to plant soon.
All except daffodils are chilling.