Not only are the hellebores back in full bloom in my garden, but yours truly is back to In a Vase on Monday after an extended absence. I beg the forgiveness of Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the originator of this meme, but, of course, it’s easy to just blame it on our weather. Nonetheless, here are some of the hellebores from my lower garden.
There are three hellebore varieties growing at the edge of the woods, the names of which have long been lost in several moves. They do produce a lot of seedlings each year which I have spread around the garden. I’m still waiting to see the colors of these new babies.
Please visit Cathy and see her vase this week and those of so many who join her in sharing the garden’s bounty.
Here we are in mid February, and I am finally beginning to see the early signs of spring in our region of North Carolina. The colder than normal weather we have experienced has pushed these early events a month later than in past years. I have now seen first daffodils and forsythia around town. One of my neighbors has cherry trees in bloom, and similar ones are in color all over town.
In my garden hellebores are finally blooming; Tete-a-tete daffodils are up and beginning to show a teasing of yellow; and a half dozen or more pots of tulips are poking up green shoots; my chives patch us up 4-6 inches. There is hope now for a colorful return of spring after all the dull, cold, wintry weather.
I’m excited. I’m even going to venture out for a garden center visit…just to see what they have to entice me.
The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SWEET.
What could be sweeter than this bowl of ripe, delicious, beautiful, glorious peaches?
The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is VARIATIONS-ON-A-THEME.
There are a lot of varieties of wine in this case, but I am assured that the taste of each bottle is marvelous.
The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SILENCE.
It is only the tinkling of this small waterfall that breaks the silence of this scene.
My prayer for 2018 is that it will be a year of peace, prosperity, generosity, and full blossoms.
I would ask readers to join me in that prayer. Please send back the word for peace in your language if it is not in this graphic.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is FAVORITES.
We have been asked to share our favorite photos from 2017. Here are the two that received the most likes and comments from you kind readers during the year:
An old fence rail in the mountains of North Carolina:
And a black snake that came out of a bush while I was pruning it.