This picture may not appear very wintery, especially to bloggers from Sweden, but the climate here in central North Carolina is relatively mild. During winter we have a mixed bag of rain, snow, clouds, and sun. One day we may be getting near-freezing rain and another day the weather is like a lovely spring day. Fragrant trees and shrubs like Yulan Magnolia, Witch Hazels, Wintersweet, Winter Honeysuckle and Japanese Flowering Apricot routinely bloom from December through March. Among the ruins of winter shines the jewel-like colors of a Blue Violet or Crocus or early Narcissus. This Crocus was an even more delightful surprise because I had forgotten that I had planted some in a sunken pot mulched with gravel, safe from voles. Any Honeybees or Hoverflies that venture out on a mild day will be happy to see it too!
Happy Friday and thank you to Katarina at roses and stuff for hosting Blooming Friday.