Rosemary Blooms
Rosemary Blooms

Rosemary Blooms = Winter Forage for Bees

A number of cold nights in January finally hit the African Blue Basil–even though it was covered. So, the bees moved over to the rosemary shrub, which has been blooming magnificently for a few months now.

Bee and Blueberry Blossoms

Bee Working a Blueberry Blossom

Recent warmer temperatures have encouraged the blueberry bushes to bloom, providing another tasty treat for the bees.

Marjoram in Winter

Marjoram in Winter

The marjoram relished the cold, and its stately upright stalks are a pleasure to examine closely.

Onion Border

Onion Border

The bunching onions came back abundantly, and the Italian parsley is off to the races!

Italian Parsley

Italian Parsley

What a delight to wander amongst the loveliness of the front yard!

When I first moved to Pasadena, I purchased a membership to The Huntington, where I whiled away many pleasant afternoons. Now, I just have to walk outside the front door to experience the deep joy of a beautiful (edible!) garden.

Where do you find garden joy during the winter?



  1. Julie Redlawski says:

    You all are so fortunate to live in the climate that you are in. I am truly getting the spring itch here in Michigan. However, I hope you envy our maple sap that is furiously running now. Enjoy!

    • Treechild says:

      Yes, there is a reason Pasadena was a favored winter home location for early 20th century wealthy Midwestern industrialists (e.g.,!

  2. Frank Vassell (Economist) says:

    I am absolutely inspired by you guys. I am doing my part in the south as well. I am a 5 year old learner in the garden and loving every bit of the experience. Wish I had started 20 years ago! God’s richest and bounty-est seasons to you all!

    • Treechild says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

  3. Bob says:

    I finally got my onions in today too wet cold before ,

    I am hauling in good stuff for a small raised bed for my granddaughter

    Carrots radish etc and hopefully some dill for the summer . It might end up a peat moss / dirt box just for digging
    That will be ok

    • Treechild says:

      What a fortunate granddaughter! I’m sure she will remember that raised bed with fondness as she grows older.

  4. Nebraska Dave says:

    Treechild, I wish you well with your separation from the corporate world. I too retired from the cubical world almost four years ago and am so glad to be out of the world of work. Now I tend a 2/3 acre garden with many new projects to keep me busy. Mostly though out the Winter months I work on inside projects. This winter I finally finished up a cold room with shelves. It required electrical wiring, insulating, drywalling, and door insulation to complete the project. The temperature inside the cold room stays in the middle 50s. Now I have moved on to starting seeds for the garden plants. Hopefully by the official spring date I’ll be ready to actually start digging in the dirt. The first appearance of my tulips and daffodils made my day.

    Have a great Californian day.

    • Treechild says:

      Thank you for the good wishes, Nebraska Dave. Your projects and progress in the garden are very inspiring!

  5. jengod says:

    Thanks, treechild, for another nice post and the inspirational photos!

    • Treechild says:

      Your feedback is much appreciated! Thank you!

  6. Linda says:

    Starting some of my spring vegetable seeds in north Florida.
    I have a new motto- ” Dirty Hands- Clean Heart”.
    Have a good day.

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