Red in the garden for Valentine's Day - Digging

February 14, 2020

I'm all heart-eyes for the garden today as it shows off beautiful Valentine's Day reds. Here's native [possumhaw holly]( (*Ilex decidua*) sporting clusters of tiny red berries. Soon the mockingbirds and cedar waxwings will polish these off, so I'm enjoying them while I can.

And thanks to our mild winter, round-leaf firecracker fern (*Russelia rotundifolia* ) continues to light up a shady bed with fiery color, overlooked by a wriggly-armed squid agave (*Agave bracteosa*) in a fluted pot.

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