I’ll be honest, winter is not my favorite time of year. It’s cold outside and I don’t like being cold. I love spending time in the garden every day and honestly, there’s not much for me to do in winter. But just because I’m inside doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on outside! Since I don’t do a big fall garden clean-up birds, pollinators and other wildlife are able to live and thrive in my garden throughout the frigid winter months. Although my garden is rather untidy at the moment, I bet you’ll agree that it’s still beautiful and full of winter interest.
Coronation Gold (Achillea ageratifolia) is a beautiful tall-growing variety of Yarrow, a perennial herb that lights up my pollinator garden from June through August. I find the metamorphosis of the Coronation Gold flower so fascinating. In the early stages of bloom, the flower head looks like a tiny cauliflower. Over the course of several weeks, the tightly packed flowers gradually open up and flatten out like a small saucer. While the dramatic change in shape is happening, the color of the flower is also transitioning from pale white to a stunning, mustard-yellow color. I wish I had Coronation Gold planted all around my garden, hence the reason why I am harvesting seeds this week.