NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

                                                      

I just read a post on New Years Resolutions that is in perfect sync with my own thoughts. Check it out and let me know if you agree.

http://www.bluestonegarden.com/blog/

This is a beautifully written and informative blog.

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WINTER WONDERLAND!

First white Christmas in 140 years turned the garden into a Winter Wonderland!

                                                                   

Both photos taken from the veranda. Too cold to go out, although it was much warmer than any day I spent in Montreal!

I am just such a Southern Belle now!

It was all gone the next day.

© All photos & text 2010

A GIFT!

Blooming today, (Chionanthus praecox) Wintersweet. Definitely a gift!

                                                                

Very fragrant. AND, not to be outdone…

                                                             

The first and very early Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis).

The Winter Garden… full of unexpected surprises!

© All photos & text 2010

HOLIDAY BAKING

The very best shortbread cookies…

                                                                

 embellished with a cookie Press from my dear, late friend Erik. He loved these. I call them Erik Cookies.

                                                                     Three ingredients; flour, sugar & butter.

                                                                      

  Gingerbread People, Chocolate Pecan cookies

                                                                  

and of course the favorite Oatmeal raisin with pecans.

                                                              

 

   The seed catalogues are arriving daily…

                                                                      

 waiting for the day after  Christmas.

                                                                   

 Traditionally that is when we start planning the Potager. 

BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE!!

Just back from Montreal.  30 cm (17″) of snow fell the day I arrived!

                                                                 

Photo above taken from the window. I would not venture out in that!!

Back in Georgia…for another cold snap but NO SNOW!!! I’ll post when I thaw out!

© All photos & text 2010

DRUNK with CAMELLIAS!!

Vita Sackville West wrote of her garden… “I am drunk with roses!”

I, am drunk with Camellias!

blooming on the right …

                                                                       

              Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’                                                       

The Camellia Walk snakes through the shade garden in the form of an inverted ‘S’

Below, it is the Camellia Walk which forms the background for the Mourning Bench.

                                                                    

                                                                   

In the Potager, below, a salad Garden, some collards & cabbages.

                                                                   

In the Cutting Garden, the seeds of the Lilies (Lilium formosanum)are ripe. Please e-mail me if you would like seeds. There were some request  after I posted the flowers, HERE.

                                                                 

AND… The Continuing Saga of yet another project….

                                                                    

An improvement since the last time I posted this spot.

I will be away from the computer for a week. Will fill you in when I return.

 © All photos & text 2010