Friday, January 17, 2020

Begonia Semperflorens Blooms on a Windowsill

It is winter outside, rain, snow, dark days and low temperatures. My wax begonia blooms on the living room windowsill despite the weather. I think it liked in my house. In  September I had potted begonia and transported to the city home.




Now the wax begonia pleases me with its small red flowers that open almost every two days. I also love fresh and green foliage of begonia, flowers resemble butterflies perched on bright green leaves.



I've cut a few begonia cuttings to root new plants for next summer.  Do you love this plant? Have you ever grown wax begonia in your garden or on your balcony?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Orthodox Christmas: Gingerbread House


Orthodox Christmas is on January 7, Santa gave us a box. It was a set of gingerbread cookies and decorations for the assembly of a gingerbread house. When we started to make the house, adults helped children or vice versa - everybody had fun.
First, we examined the gingerbread cookies and started making icing for drawings and gluing parts of the house.

 

Painting you have to compress the icing bag with force. The first drawings appeared on the front and back sides of the house.



Then the responsible work began, gluing of gingerbread details with icing. Front, rear walls, two side walls.



We fixed both halves of the roof with a thick layer of icing, put the chimney and started decorating the house. There are marzipan people, marmalade, cookies and bagels in the set. We have had enough icing and all the decorations were placed on the gingerbread house.




Have you ever had such set for Christmas? Would you like to make the gingerbread house with your loved ones?

P.S. This house is edible during two months, if stored in cool conditions.





My video: Birds in the wintry garden  



Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New 2020 Year! In the Garden


January, the coldest month here, sometimes snow, rain and frosts occur, the days are short and dark. A thin layer of snow fell down in the first day of the New year and I wanted to go to my garden to look at it in the snow. The snow has not melted yet, although the temperature was +1 C. 
My garden sleeps, covered with a white blanket. The water in the pond froze and turned into ice.



I can't walk for a long time because of cold. But love to shovel snow from the paths, look at the birds. They often fly up to the bird feeder so I add seeds and some lard for these little creatures.




On January days the sun rarely shines through low gray clouds. It is sad to look at the bare trees and shrubs, only spruce, thuja and pine trees are green against a white and gray background.


As it quickly darkens I prefer to early return to the city. Do you love walking in cold days or you prefer to stay at home? Howbeit, 


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL YOU!