Mid- winter now and, besides a couple brief snows, the garden is quiet. Time to look to a wonderful winter blooming shrub: Mahonia Japonica, for adding a bit of color to the landscape and outside decor. Since Valentine’s Day is in a month, I decided to change up a few outdoor displays today. Out came the front door wreath with its golden bumble bee and sweet pink roses on a grapevine heart and a few birdhouses with just the right heart accents.
For the kitchen deck window box, I just switched out birdhouses and a few accent pieces and added a lovely piece of blooming Mahonia Japonica. This beautiful shrub is beginning to pop in our back garden and presents a study of contrasts: delicate light yellow flowers and dark-veined leaves that are both shiny and pointed like holly.
A cast iron bird perches in front of the cedar birdhouse on the deck bench. The tiny heart accents provide the subtle touch I’m after that announces the coming holiday.