Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 Merry Christmas!

 Happy and peaceful New 2014 Year to all my friends bloggers!

 Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo!

  God Jul og Godt Nyttår!

Glædelig jul og Godt Nytår!

Vrolijk Kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

Hyvää Joulua ja Onnellista Uutta Vuotta!

Καλά Χριστούγεννα και Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος!


С Рождеством и Новым Годом!

Merry Krismas dan Selamat Tahun Baru!  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

GBBD in December 2013

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to all!
This day Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) pleased me by its bright red colorful leaves, truly Christmas color! I'm a little late, was waiting for full Poinsettia bloom. It is set on the small table near my fireplace, it has red and green leaves and its small yellow flowers are in the center of the red leaves.
This winter is such unpredictable as last autumn was. In my previous post I wrote that snow is everywhere. The week passed and all snow has almost melted. The evergreens in my garden appeared through the melted snow and they look good between old grey grass. I love these dwarf round thujas, I never prune them and I love their shape.

It was strong windy weather I was worrying about the decoration that I've put on my garden spruce. When I'd come I saw all they are safe on the branches. The bonsai pines are well too, they were covered with snow last week and now are opened. The small evergreen mahonia feels well it's very hardy and in spring its leaves appear through the snow.

I have a small vegetable garden on my kitchen windowsill. I wish I have some fresh salad leaves, green onion and garlic leaves with Christmas meal.

Did you have Poinsettia? Did you store  or throw it away after blooming?
Do you grow any greenery indoors?

Have a nice week, bye! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'The Cold Earth Slept Below'

             Now snow is everywhere. I think the poem 'The cold earth slept below' by Percy Bysshe Shelley that I have found in Internet goes well with this time of the year here. Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets.

The cold earth slept below;
Above the cold sky shone;
And all around,
With a chilling sound,
From caves of ice and fields of snow
The breath of night like death did flow
Beneath the sinking moon.

The wintry hedge was black;
The green grass was not seen;
The birds did rest
On the bare thorn’s breast,
Whose roots, beside the pathway track,
Had bound their folds o’er many a crack
Which the frost had made between.

Last Sunday I could drive to my summer cottage and garden because the snow was not deep. The nearest forest was very beautiful. Although the sun shone a few hours I could take some pictures of wintry woods.

 I have told in my previous post I bought some Christmas decorations and hung them on the spruce in my garden now. At home my living room window is decorated with candles as well. 


Was it snowing or is there snow in your place? Do you like walking in the woods before Christmas? Thank you!

Monday, December 2, 2013

December Started

             December started. Snow fell finally. No frost, but the pond and the water in barrels have frozen. When the nights are clear many stars are visible in the sky. Sometimes it's a snowstorm with wind, it covers the ground with white carpet. But this carpet quickly melts in the city, and it lies in my suburban garden, glitters in the sun.
Preparation for Christmas and the New Year has begun in the city. The snowflakes, garlands, Christmas decorations, Santa Claus' and his granddaughter Snow Maiden's figures, masks, flappers and fireworks appeared in different supermarkets and street fairs. 
I succumbed to the temptation :)) and decided to buy a few Christmas decorations. I remembered that the garland for the small Christmas tree had burnt out last year and bought a new one. I like gleaming snowflakes and ornaments that can be hung on a door, a window or just on a wall in the living room or the kitchen. Of course I want to hang these decorations in the garden on my spruce as well, I grow it for 10 years.


I recently purchased potted amaryllis bulb, which had only just began to sprout its flower stalk. Gradually flower stalk grew, a bud has begun to open. On the first Sunday in December the first bud fully opened and 3 others about to open.

I had a gift the branch of a blossoming white lily. Lily appeared extremely resistant to the dark and short day conditions, its numerous buds open one by one. The lily smells great, and its pollen from the stamens may be on your nose if you smell very close! I am pleased that the amaryllis and the lily create joyous and festive mood.


 How do you prepare for the Season holiday, are you planning something new to celebrate?

I wish you the joyful expectation of Christmas!