|Maybe, just maybe the nodes on the plum tree look hopeful.|
|My favorite tree in all seasons - the weeping cherry.|
|The mondo grass in the Japanese garden as well as the acuba (below) add some lush greenery to the winter landscape.|
This has been a year of emotional adjustment for me. Turning 60 years is definitely a milestone worth pondering. This is it, the last 1/4 or 1/3 of my life. I've felt the inevitablity of it, but am reminded of what my father-in-law said when I turned 50 -- "consider the alternative". I am ready to face 61, with the hopefullness and growth of a garden Spring.