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Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon sp?). Brown and crisp from the cold but I like the look of gold in winter. I'll cut it back in spring and new shoots will come up. Yes, this is the seasoning that makes Thai soups so good.
In the background, Flowering Senna (Senna corymbosa) hung with seed pods.
The beauty of the winter garden is variety in shapes, colors and textures. Our recent cold turned the stems of this pointy-leaved Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata) red. Today's rain will encourage spring blooms and then berries for the birds from this native perennial.
Mid-picture, I love the flowing, fountainy look of Bamboo Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia dumosa), hiding my septic installation. Great four-season screening plant and deer don't eat it. Foreground, native yuccas, background, Flowering senna.
In the backyard garden close to the house, I planted early bulbs. Here are daffodils and narcissus on the way up (foreground), maybe these will be my February bloom day pix. In the background, my Agapanthus laid down by the freezes. I'll cut the mushy stems back to keep rot from creeping. The centers are still good, I'm hoping the plants will come back in spring.
This Agave (sp. unknown) came through the freezes well, covered with a sheet. So did the red finger-shaped fungus on the ground next to it.
Would love to know more about the fungus. Thanks, Sally Moon, for pointing me toward Dog Stinkhorn for the fungus.
We planted this Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense) in April 2009. It hung on through the scorching summer, but wasn't happy until temperatures and rain fell. Now the leaves are red from cold. When it grows taller, it will hide the cable/phone box on the house. Good four-season cover.
Pink Texas Skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens), one of my favorite winter plants. Cheerful little evergreen mounds. Come spring, it will bloom too, bringing butterflies. Oxblood lillies at the right side of the picture.
And last, wildflowers-to-be. The bright green foreground babies are annual Winecups (Callirhoe leiocarpa), the darker green mid-picture are a perennial variety, Callirhoe involucratal. In the background, the green fountain is Hinckley's sedge, another native evergreen cheering my winter garden.