To peek into the season in gardens around the country, follow this link to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
Today was a first winter bloom for my dianthus.
And the first time I've seen this wild charmer, growing up within a cage around a desert willow on a rocky slope. I'm not sure what it is, except that it's beautiful.
On a day when winter flirts with spring, a Painted Lady sips at rosemary.
While a Red Admiral suns nearby.
Out in the yard beyond this lens, nascent wildflowers litter our front swath. Next month buds and blooms will begin to rise above the leaves and we'll all marvel at the beauty of life.
Enjoy your Bloom Day today, and the hope of bloom days to come.
Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.