|Narcissus papyraceus Ziva Paperwhite narcissus, Daffodil|
I can't throw out bulbs. They are planted in the vast outdoors where they either come back the next spring or they do not - but I have to at least give them a fighting chance.
This year, on Dec 2nd, it is 80 degrees and sunny here in NE Oklahoma, zone 7 and last year's Paperwhites are up and blooming their little hearts out.
Other places in the back yard, the birds have been working over the seeds and berries.
|Barberry Hawthorn, Crataegus berberifolia|
The lavender shrubs suffer in mid-summer but thrive at this time of year. They crawl and sprawl over a 4 by 4 foot area at the end of a planting bed where they enjoy being on a dry slope and protected from the worst of our summertime sun.
The Photinia shrubs are about 30 feet tall and covered with these bright red berries. Thrushes, waxwings and starlings eat the seeds.
Our pear trees were so good to us this year, providing fruit for at least 7 families. Most of the leaves are gone and next year's buds are already forming.