The vegetable beds are full of collards, kale, chard, lettuce, arugula, spinach, broccoli, peas, and brussel sprouts right now. Some of the broccoli has already bolted, so unfortunately I missed out on some harvesting. The collards, kale, chard, lettuce and arugula are doing fantastic - I'm harvesting several salad bowls full of them every week.
The grass is also SUPER green right now... thanks to the wet and warm winter we have been having here in Central Texas.
This bed is quite sparse. It looks like I need to do a better job of incorporating in some evergreen plants into this mix so it doesn't look so bare at this time of year.
The herb garden has plenty of greenery thanks to the lemon balm, several types of parsley, mint, dill, and cilantro.
The three central garden beds in back are also relatively bare, except for the poppies, which have very robust green leaves right now and are loving the cooler temperatures.
This bed shall henceforth be known as the "Pomegranate" bed, well, since the new pom tree sits in the very center of this bed. Similar story as the other beds - not much happening right now except weeds, which I'll need to tackle as soon as I have another weekend that does not involve rain.
There is nada, zero, zilch planted here right now. However, that will soon change when I add several rose bushes in this bed. This is the bed that I'm most looking forward to the transformation in the coming months.
There are just a few patches of irises that can be seen in this bed right now. I'm really hoping that some that I transplanted last spring will bloom for me this spring. I'm anticipating that the ones I planted last fall will not bloom until next year, but we shall see.
Blah. More boringness. I seriously need to work on my lack of evergreens. The most interesting feature in this bed right now is the dead purple feathergrass. I'm hoping the grass will make a resurgence this year, since the temperatures haven't dropped too low.
I have neglected to do much with the courtyard in the past year since we lost our shade tree in the middle. I'm hoping to rectify that this year and get a new tree planted in the middle, along with adding several plants that will keep the space interesting throughout the year.
Front of House
The front of the house has the best seasonal interest right now since there are several more evergreen plants in this mix. I did a bit of pruning on all the perennials last weekend, but still need to clean out the leaves in the beds.
Be sure to stop over at the Patient Gardener to see what other January gardens around the world look like.