Camellia japonica or reticulata or ?
Just about the only thing I can tell you about this camellia is that it's in bloom now in Zone 10. Since there are more than 3,000 different kinds of camellias, the closest thing we have to an identification is a good guess, unless we get lucky and an expert weighs in. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-03-14
Correntian Eureka Springs shot this late winter scene of two birds in a budding poplar tree during a recent break in the bad weather. His striking image (click on it for a larger version -- so beautiful!) arrived just as I was reading about the work of Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf, who creates gardens that are meant to be aesthetically pleasing all year, including during the "long nap." Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-02-21
Chenopodiaceae and Compositae
Swiss chard and lettuce
Correntian Eureka Springs sent in this image of a very unusual garden where a friend is growing greens -- in the winter. Clearly this is not an activity for dilettantes. Either this person really likes greens or is exceedingly fond of cold weather or both. Because as ES points out:
Since it's always covered, one has to water even when it's 2 degrees at night.