Thursday, December 14, 2006
Out to the garden early this morning on an unseasonably warm, sunny day for mid-December. The crows on the far ridge were raising a ruckus, so I thought there was probably a red-tailed hawk or a barred owl in the vicinity, but then the geese on the pond joined in, so I then really had no idea what was going on (not a unique situation around here). In walking about the meandering garden pathways through the woods, I was most struck by the shiny foliage on the dark-leaved lepidote rhododendrons; ranging from reddish mahogany to deep black coffee; Ramapo is shown above. I can hardly wait for spring, when their dark foliage will be studded with bright pink or purple flowers, fluttering in the warm breezes like so many gaudy butterflies.