My sympathies to all friends and family who are trying to get through the freezing or sub-zero temperatures. We usually have unpleasant rainy, windy, chilly storms here this time of year but we've had the driest January in 100-something years, with the past week's daytime temperatures in the mid 60s. Everyone is hoping for rain to finally arrive so we can turn off the sprinklers and get some much-needed snow in the Sierras.
We may have lost a few 1st year plants to the strong freeze of a few weeks ago, but we're waiting until spring to see if they sprout some new growth.
The purple hyacinth bulbs have broken ground and should be blooming soon. The blooms remind me of Smokey, who loved to hang out in the yard and looked gorgeous against a purple background.