Here in Tidewater we got our first taste of winter weather this weekend. Until last week I hadn't even had a killing frost, but this weekend it got below freezing cold at night with highs in the 40's during the day, and this pattern is expected to remain through the early week. Last night we even got snow, albeit a very light dusting. This type of weather is not uncommon here, but it did arrive earlier than we normally see. I do apologize to my northern, western and European friends if I sound like I'm whining about it.
So to mark the occasion of winter, here are the obligatory shots of foliage and flowers with snow, I believe it is a garden blogging requirment to do so. All of these were taken at work this morning before we opened and before the sun melted everything.
Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei)
Camellia sasanqua (unknown cv.)
Black and Blue Salvia (Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue')
The exact species name of this Agave has been lost to the bad record keeping annals of history.
Santa Rita Tubac Prickly Pear (Opuntia santa-rita 'Tubac')
And finally a more seaonally appropriate shot of one our Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) Christmas trees. I am pleased to say that this species appears to have grown wings as they were flying off the lot this weekend.