a soaking rain fell yesterday. i stayed inside and watched the water streaming down the windows. usually the smoketree has lost all of her leaves by now. they start out nearly black in the spring and apparently if the wind hasn't carried them away by late fall they become brown and orange with splotches of green. they aren't sure if they should drop or hang on a bit longer. a big dr. seuss succulent has launched a lime green stalk up to the sky. it's bizarre like most succulents tend to be. i'm applauding its color and encouraging its strangeness. the andean sage has arranged tiny bouquets of black flowers on her funny branches. and i left my garden this morning and went to gather small berry bits and strawberry tree flower clusters from a nearby public garden. hope you're enjoying winter's deliciousness in your neck of the woods!