Unlike places that are all covered in snow there is actually quite a bit of activity going on in my Northwest garden in Portland Oregon.
We left some flower heads on for birds to find a perch.
My mom and dad gave us this wonderful stone as a Christmas present. My husband temporarily placed it in the front near the tickseed, but its final destination is yet to be determined.
I LOVE the beauty in that saying!
My cover crop is actually looking rather vibrant and seems to be thriving. I planted a cover crop of mixed cereal grass and legumes over the small vegetable patch in the front yard garden so it wouldn't look bare through the winter and would add nutrients to the soil in the spring.
And then there are some interesting colors and textures that you can only see during the winter, such as the dead leaves from this iris. I suppose we should cut them soon, but they're so lovely in their decay.
Alas, there is new life coming forth. I can't remember the name of this bush, but I do recall it flowers rather early in the season. Here it is starting to bud up. In the Northwest, beauty is just around the corner for February tends to be a month filled with all sorts of exciting bulbs starting to blossom.
However, for the meantime it's fun just to enjoy this in between state of our garden and take in the wonder of a Northwest winter.