This weekend was a busy gardening weekend. It's only January, but already I am preparing for Spring. The weather was in the 70s, so I decided to prune the rose garden. It was an all day affair. Last year, I waited until February to prune, but this year I just wanted to get it out of the way. It will be strange without the roses for a few months but they will be so beautiful once they start blooming again.
Here are the first two Lily of the Valley pips to sprout up. I planted these around the end of December. Last year I planted some in February, and they produced flowers. But when I tried to plant a second round, they never bloomed. The weather became too warm too fast. Let's see how these do since I am planting them earlier.
I also purchased and potted up a Calla Lily. I couldn't help myself. I really missed the ones that were paved over. I tried to dig one up and save it before they laid down the gravel, but it didn't look very happy being shoved in a tiny pot compared to all the space it had before. So when I saw these at the garden center, I made a guilty purchase and bought one that was already blooming so I could enjoy it.
Lamb's ear is new to my garden. I've always seen this at the garden center and hoped no one would see me petting the soft fuzzy leaves. They have so much of it in the herb garden at the LA Arboretum, that I just had to have some for myself.
For some color, I picked up these Anemones. They're so pretty opening during the day and closing at night. I'd love to do a time laps on them sometime.
I got a fresh Catnip herb too. The two I have are getting older and leggy and I thought my cat would appreciate some fresh leaves. The leaves on this one are actually quite large. I also picked up a new Cilantro although I didn't take a photo. The one I had was being eaten alive by aphids. It was getting a little old anyway, so I decided to get a fresh one since I do tend to use Cilantro a lot in the kitchen.
And here are just a few wider angle shots of the patio garden.