As I have mentioned before, this winter has been the mildest I have ever seen here. Until last week, I only had a fire in the fireplace twice for heat.
It's half way to spring but my garden never figured that out. There weren't a lot of blooms (California poppies, phlox mostly), but the picture below shows you how green it has been all this time.
The camellias that usually start blooming in October have been blooming all over Taranaki. This is mine--only two blooms, but they are so big and beautiful :)
The one flower I can usually count on for color all-year-round is calendula. I imagine the whole yard was full of them once, as they pop up in huge numbers everywhere!
Just to cheer myself up on this rainy, gray day, I'm sharing some lovely color from last summer's garden.