Macro Monday – Jelena and lights

Macro Monday - Jelena and lights

Another close up of my Witch Hazel ‘Jelena.’ This time at night and strung with Christmas lights for the holidays.

For those not familiar with it RHS has a page written about it.

Happy Monday!


Day out


This past weekend the weather was amazing, 71 degrees Fahrenheit slight breeze… Perfection.  Record highs for this time of year.  I was able to spend some of my time outside working in the garden and exploring.  My Witch Hazel Jelena decided to make an appearance over the weekend.  It has grown well for me, not as fragrant as I had hoped to I am thinking of replacing it and transplanting it to my parents where they have room to spare.  I can not tell you how much I adore Witch Hazels.  If I had more land I would make Chris Lane proud, I would have hundreds of them.  You would be able to smell them from miles away.  Oh, it would be heaven.

Ascot Rainbow

Here is a shot of my Ascot Rainbow Euphorbia.  She has done wonderful for me.  In the colder weather the yellow margins get a blush of pink and stand out nicely in the landscape.  It is the only Euphorbia that has grown good for me and returned year after year.  Others that I have had have died back during winter and never seen from again.


My Hidcote Lavender has a hostage.  After all of the snow and ice we have had a lot of the blooms from the past year off my Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea have broken off and are blowing around in the garden like tumble weeds.

Mud pit

My little helper having fun and making a mud stew.  I believe children can never spend too much time outside so every time I go out I have at least one of my little garden fairies.  It always makes for an interesting trek outside.


I still has some plants left to plant that I ordered for year end clearance.  It was a good day with no causalities, I managed not to hit any existing bulbs.

Well I still have lots to do before sleep and it is already getting late.  I hear my kitchen timer going off calling me to get the cookies out.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day full of family and friends tomorrow.

Till next time!

Gone are the days!

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 For the past couple of days I have been out of the office.  I AM LOVING IT!!!  I tend to dread the days that I know will be spent inside all day.

Around the holidays we spend a couple days out of the office visiting clients to catch up with them and delivering gifts for the holidays as a thank you.   It is also another way for me to finally meet some of the people that I have been talking to all year long via email and phone.  As gifts this year I got to visit some of the local growers in our area and picked out some Cyclamens and Poinsettias.  This year the selection of Poinsettias was amazing.  Gone are the days of just the plain ole red.  Colors of Poinsettias that I saw ranged from pinks, peaches, yellows, speckled, variegated and curled that for some reason remind me of Polish Chickens.  I could not resist I ended up getting one for myself or rather for the girls because I choose a nice lacey pink colored Poinsettia… I was right my oldest loved the new pink flower added to our indoor plant selection.

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Not much is happening with my garden for now.  The cold is mostly keeping me inside for now, but I do hear that the temperature might get up to 62 degrees Fahrenheit this weekend…. so excited for that.  Hopefully I can get some photographs of the garden or some flowers that I have.

Till then stay warm!

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Snowy Monday

first snow of the season

Not much fun was had this past weekend outside… I was out long enough to snap some photographs.  I hear the weather calling for more snow tomorrow around 5-6 inches, I know many others get more than this but the dusting and ice we had this weekend is enough to last me till spring.

Anyhow, enough about the weather and more about plants!  In the main photo my Karmina Geranium looks spectacular with her multi-colored foliage with the Dendranthema ‘Sheffield’ playing peekaboo in the background. The Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea flowers are also blanketed in snow, looking like I stepped into some winter wonderland in a faraway fantasy land.  Reality sets in and I find myself cold and wet from being outside, time to go inside and plan and plot more adventures into my garden for the spring and summer.  I find myself doing so oohing and aweing over new plants that I might want to get making a list, as a child makes a list for Santa Claus.  Santa, please bring me all the plants on my wish list along with a set of new copper labels; I have been a good girl this year.

Happy Monday!