First, the Christmas miracle of this year: the highly unusual outdoor foliage that is still green through December, plus, incredibly, even a few flowers, blooming the day after Christmas! The oddly warm temperatures we've been enjoying all during December have allowed these freak occurances:
|A viola flower that is still hanging on.|
|This orange mum sent up a new flower this week.|
|A snapdragon on the protected east side of my house|
I know those aren't particularly impressive or beautiful flowers in themselves, but the fact they have occurred is highly unusual and worth documenting. I don't have any spring flowers blooming yet, unlike a few people around here whose hellebores or snowdrops are already flowering (the Lenten Rose usually doesn't bloom here until March or April), but these leftover autumn flowers are good enough for me.
But the flowers that I have been enjoying inside are even nicer, since I don't need to venture out into the cold, damp, sunless weather of this month:
|From the other end of the same display, where the potted paperwhites and white amaryllis can be seen|
behind the holly and the Anthurium plant, which isn't a traditional Christmas plant but looks right
at home with its red and green colors.
|A cut-flower arrangement on the bar, next to two "frosty fern" plants (Selaginella).|
|An all-white and green arrangement.|
Anyway, I have enjoyed these many plants during the Christmas season and during our warm spell, which seems to be ending, judging from the ice storm with horizontal winds that is currently raging outside right now. Brrr! A good day to stay inside and slowly clean up after the holidays.
I hope you are recovering from all the Christmas excitement as we get ready to ring in the New Year. Here's to a happy, healthy and lushly growing 2016!
Thanks for reading! -Beth