Les’ Winter Walk-Off

Les’ rules (A Tidewater Gardener).
Leave your home or workplace on foot. Bicycles are OK. Bring a camera along. Depending where you live, the Winter Walk-off challenge may be a snowy trek requiring a team of huskies and a sled (does that comply with the rules, Les?) or a sunny stroll in the park. I hope Les doesn’t mind multiple entries. This is just a warm-up, a test run, kicking the Winter Walk-off tires, so to speak.


Biking to my community garden yesterday, as always I pass this tidy bungalow.
The house and garden looked as though it had primped and readied itself expressly for the the Winter Walk-off.


At the base of the fence tumbles blue marguerite, Felicia amelloides, alternating with a coppery coprosma, shrubs from New Zealand also known as the Mirror Plant.


A couple blocks away, hanging lanterns suspended from a California Pepper Tree, Schinus molle
The yellow flowers belong to an aeonium sitting in a pot on the fence


This beautiful parkway agave stranded in weeds looks like a variegated Agave weberi.
(vintage black Chevy in the distance, tail fins hidden by the palm)


At the community garden, purple cauliflower in a neighbor’s plot


and sweet peas, also not mine. My sweet peas are just barely grabbing on to the bottom of the trellis.


An abbreviated entry, but hopefully there’ll be time for a few more. And then it will be spring.
I think this is actually Les’ plan, to distract us until spring. I’m all for that. Thanks, Les!

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10 Responses to Les’ Winter Walk-Off

  1. Peggy says:

    Love the sweet peas.

  2. Les says:

    Certainly sled dogs would count! Thanks for playing along.

  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A lovely walk! I’m especially fond of Agave weberi and didn’t realize that a variegated form existed. Mr. Weberi’s form is so uniform and it doesn’t get all bendy like A. americana. Ah, to live in your climate…

  4. James Golden says:

    Ah, your walk awakens my long lost dream of moving to California. Now I’ll settle back into my rainy day.

  5. Denise says:

    @Peggy, me too! Can’t wait for mine to grow up.
    @Les, wouldn’t think of missing a WWO.
    @Peter, I always assumed it was an americana until getting off the bike to take a closer look. Now I want one!
    @James, oh, the long lost dreams I’ve had of moving elsewhere too! Try to focus on what kind of garden will emerge after your rainy day.

  6. Denise do you remember those magazine pictorials “separated at birth” and they showed different celebrities that were photographed to look related? I think at birth I was switched and I really am a Californian. The pull I feel when I look at these photos is like a pull towards home.

  7. Sue says:

    Love the bugalow (one of my favorite home styles). What an interesting idea. I’m trying to come up with a walk to feature. Never thought about doing more than one.

  8. Hoov says:

    Ahh! Those sweet peas. When did they plant?!?
    Mine are just grabbing the trellis bottom, too.

    The bungalow and Chebby are quintessential California to me. All the nasty wind last night and this morning–I hope it means a change in pattern that will bring some rain.

  9. Lovely to see flowers blooming, I haven’t even sown my sweet peas yet, so you are way ahead of me.

  10. Charlie says:

    I enjoyed the walk, the photos were outstanding, and the plant information was very informative. I did appreciate the inclusion of the bungalow photo. It was one of the best.

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