I love this time of year in the garden. Here in southern California, the largest trees are beautiful, lush and green all year- the cypress, palms, magnolia, and citrus. It is the small treasures in the garden that bring spectacular color to the landscape.
The calamondin trees are full and almost ready to harvest. They make a truly outstanding marmalade.
The rose hips this year are bright and abundant. They will be spectacular in holiday arrangements.
Strawberries are coming along nicely and will be ready to float in our New Year's Eve champagne!
Just a few camellias have bloomed as of today but hundreds more will be joining them within the next couple of weeks. Camellias are wonderful hearty blooms that are wonderful to float in pottery, china and glass vessels. These flowers make it easy to add vibrant color to any room.
Although I long for real seasonal weather, I am thankful for the small changes that happen in the California winter garden and I look forward to bringing these treasures indoors.