the welcome warmth of some garden gold
BABY, IT’S (GRADUALLY GETTING) COLD OUTSIDE. A few nights in the teens and 20s lately and a forecast for 12 degrees tonight signaled an end to the crazy-warm late fall, it seems, and made me extra-grateful for the few warm-colored elements still standing in the garden. Though deciduous, Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ holds its gold leaves till about Christmas here (seen above with red winterberries); ‘Winter Gold’ winterberry hollies are festive, too (until some bird or other animal has their way with them). The golden Hinoki cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Crippsii’ never says quit. They’re the kind of plants that help make a 365-day garden. What’s looking good at your place about now?