Wordless Wednesday–Real Plants Instead of Plastic

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Less than a week ago I had photos from our local mall of the most dreadful plastic plants.

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These are from an atrium of a building in West Hartford center. They never see a hint of natural light–and barely get any artificial light either. I had to touch them to believe they were real.

And most of these are plants that clean the air as well. Beautiful job!

Wordless Wednesday

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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).

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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.

Wordless Wednesday

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Luckily it’s pretty at least.