It was a grey, drizzly day today. My Algarve garden in hardiness zone 10a needs sprucing up - shrubs need cutting back and the grass, overrun with common yellow oxalis, needs cutting. I only prune the roses in February or March. If I do that job now, the frost may damage the new growth. Some are still flowering.
The lone bloom on the aloe I showed you in December looks like this now.
My little lemon tree is still sharing the same planter as the lobster flowers and cheering up the back patio.
The creeping rosemary continues to produce its little pale blue flowers.
Then there is the lavender, my favourite plant of 2013!
This one has been flowering for ages but now it is begging to be cut back. In recent months it has attracted more wildlife than any other plant in my garden.
I guess the garden looks very similar in December and January. In southern Portugal it is surprisingly easy to have blooms every month of the year! I have learnt a lot from reading garden blogs and I hope to make the colder months even more colourful next year.
Now I'm off to May Dreams Gardens where Carol hosts GBBD. Why don't you join me?