Unfortunately my buddy Nick was recently diagnosed with a compressed disc. Throughout his life he's occasionally had back problems and over the past year the episodes have become more frequent. Last week we had to make a trip to the ER vet. Monday was the x-ray appointment. Tomorrow we have an appointment with Dr. Amy, Nick's holistic vet. I'm hoping that accupuncture and chiropractic combined with a limitation of his activities (my boy has always been a climber and a jumper), will keep him comfortable and moving without expensive and invasive surgical intervention. Please keep your fingers crossed.
Anyway, on one of my forays outside over the weekend I noticed a few shrubs were still sporting some eye catching foliage. Now that just about everything is fifty shades of brown, any color stands out like a beacon.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey'
'Little Honey' wide angle view.
Zenobia pulverulenta 'Woodlander's Blue'
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Amethyst'
Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon'
Hypericum 'Blue Velvet' with the everblooming Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice'
Unknown Leucothoe from Fairweather Gardens
Abelia x grandiflora 'Confetti'
Hypericum x moserianum 'Tricolor'
Some years I wait too long to decorate the urns for the holidays and the soil freezes. I ran out of time on Sunday but wanted to at least get the container next to my side door decked out. Using fresh foliage from the garden can sometimes be a challenge. So far I like this theme of using spent Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' flowers as a focal point. What do you think?
Time to break out the eggnog and deck those halls!