Sunday, December 24, 2006


Happy Christmas, everyone!

The garden was covered in frost yesterday. Rosehips and spider webs..



And twisted hazel..

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mediaeval Baebes - Temptasyon

Mediaeval Baebes, my favorite music for many years now. Love this video. And love the fields of sunflowers and poppies!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Dazzling colors of winter

There are still magenta cyclamen growing outside, at the back wall, so I can see them while I wash dishes. They glow in the morning semi-darkness.

Inside, just at the back door, the thunbergia has decided to put out several more flowers. They looked dazzling yesterday in the sunshine.

Another briliantly colorful Green Thumb Sunday!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Something's going to bloom!

What's this? A plant against the back wall is doing something spectacular. Will it bloom?
Last summer, my neighbor gave me a bunch of these, and said they would look good against my back wall. So that's exactly where I put them. She said it was euphorbia. But I didn't think it was, because my euphorbia looked much different. And now they are going to bloom.
Is it Helebore? I do think that's what it is! I shall wait and see.

"Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
as those of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright,
amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night."

Sunday, December 10, 2006

flowers on the windowsil

I had these mum cuttings rooting in the laundry room, and noticed they were getting flowers, so moved them into the kitchen for better enjoyment. The sun was shining briefly yesterday, making a nice backlit view.

Impatiens still happily blooming away on the kitchen windowsil.Happy Green Thumb Sunday!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Clouds and puddles

The view down our street.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


This storm is getting worse and worse. The winds have been fierce all day, blowing down the fence panels one after the other. Landing on my rosebushes and blackberries. But there seemed to be no harm done, the branches are nice and bendy. I was out there for less than a minute pulling the panels off my plants, and I was soaked through!

Ook ook, it wet out!

It's been so windy and rainy these past several days, I haven't really been out to take photos. Just putting on my wellies to pick herbs and greens for dinner.

So here is another of my houseplants, it's Setcreasea purpura, also known as "Purple heart". My mother had some like these in her summer garden long ago, and they looked like alien plants to me, snaking through the border with these odd fuzzy purple leaves, and an ocasional pink flower. The gorrilla is my son's abandoned toy, now helping me water the plant!

Here's the back garden, all flooded. You can see why I don't go out there much, it's like a bog!

And here are the herbs and greens. Russian kale, rainbow swiss chard, curly parsley, and lemon thyme.

(Just noticed this is my 100th post!)

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Friday, December 01, 2006

floating flower

I woke up this morning to see a dead flower hovering over the plants on my windowsil. Looked so funny, I had to take a pic. (excuse the flash, was a bit dark still)

The flower was attached to a spider web. The spider must have built it when the flower was still nice and fresh, then when it died, the springy web pulled it up.

The spider was still going round and round, building the web.. so I left everything as it was, and let the spider get on with the weaving.