This is one of four amaryllis bulbs that I have coming along now. This particular one, called ‘Gervais’ has three stalks of flowers. You can’t beat these huge bulbs for indoor blooms (& yes, I know some folks can grow them in gardens. I can’t).
I did find these at my grocery store, however, and once they have finished blooming I will be able to plant them in my garden. In the meantime, I will enjoy them inside.
From about 7 pm on December 22 until Christmas, when almost 4 inches of snow fell on top of it, my yard looked like this.
Unfortunately it also looked–and still looks– like this.
And then there was my ski slope of a driveway. I got quite creative about getting the dog out onto the frozen grass. Getting the mail was another issue. That had to wait for a thaw.
I was able to hike down the lawn and rake the newspapers in. You get creative in these storms.
But there was no driving–or even clearing the cars–when it’s like this.
It doesn’t show in the photos but the icicles on the cars are inches long.
I don’t really remember a period of prolonged icing like this. We have had hours of it, but not days.
And unfortunately we have friends with broken bones who tried to get out too soon.
This was a rough storm this weekend. Ice is so much worse than snow!
Luckily it’s pretty at least.
Last Friday I talked about the squirrels nest up high in the tree and the coming cold weather.
On Saturday we had 8″ of snow. And while a storm like that isn’t particularly ridiculous for us, it hasn’t happened in the last 8 years (perhaps more–my current garden journal only goes back that far).
More snow was possible on 2 separate occasions this week. It appears the squirrels are correct.
We’re back in West Hartford for this lovely fall tableau (and my ghostly silhouette–courtesy of the early morning photos).
Here is a better shot. The shadows are power poles this time. This is outside Treva restaurant.
And these were window boxes by their outdoor tables. Charming.
In all of the chaos in the world–hurricanes, earthquakes, mass casualty shootings–sometimes the garden can provide you with needed respite. There’s only so much one can be asked to bear.
Last Wednesday I had a lovely garden bench from a neighboring town.
This one is pondside in Elizabeth Park, a wonderful park with lots of lovely gardens in Hartford and West Hartford.
People are very creative with “garden furniture ” in my area.
Just so you didn’t think I spent my entire vacation at the library! These photos are from a nature walk we took. This was in front of a store just before the trail head.
This is the lighthouse, Barnegat Lighthouse, or Ol’ Barney, in the state park. It is decommissioned.
And here is just one view from the walk. It was a glorious–and very warm day, in the 90s. But it was still a lovely walk!