Monday, December 15, 2014

An Unexpected Christmas Gift

Yes, indeedy. We have something special here in the Peterson garden. I'll tell you what it is in a minute. First a few photos: 

This is not in my garden, unfortunately. It is Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'
growing on the south side of a building. 

That's right. Full, blazing sun all spring, summer and fall.
Yet look how pretty it is. I think the trick is that it gets regular watering.
One of these summers I'm going to snip a semi-hardwood cutting
and see if I can root it. 

The Coral Bark Japanese maple (Acer japonica 'Sango Kaku') is really bright and cheery. 

There was blue sky a few days ago so I took this photo. 

This is a small Viburnum tinus plant I bought last summer for a buck.
And now, for my "exciting" news:

Two Douglas squirrels have taken up residence in our wood pile! They're so cute, running around and doing what squirrels do. So far they aren't digging in the garden, just eating the bazillion thorn balls from the Sweet Gum (Liquidambar sp.) in the front yard. 

Here is an awful photo I took before he skittered off to do whatever it is squirrels do.
So dang cute. Tell me. Am I going to rue the day we allowed he and his partner to stay?