Just because it's frosty February, life doesn't have to lack colour or interest. Neither does the garden. The coloured bark dogwoods provide a brilliantly bright contrast to the green and silver leaves of Euonymous 'Silver Queen' and the dark green of the ivy smothered maple hedge. I grow several differently coloured dogwoods close together, their colour palette ranges from dark purple, deep red, lighter red, to yellow. All of them have variegated leaves in summer but they really catch the eye on a sunny winter's day.
In a dimple in the river bank the dead stems of water plants have adorned themselves with crystal necklaces, smoothed and polished by the leisurely current, which allows them to admire their reflection in the blue shallows.
And now I want to say a special hello to whoever it was who commented on a previous post on this blog from the Dallas County Jail. Hello and Welcome. Don't be shy, come again. Unless that would get you into trouble, of course. And if you need a cake with a file smuggled in, say the word.