I just saw Eliza’s post about World Bee Day, so felt compelled to post something before this day goes by unnoticed. Like Eliza, I ask all gardeners please not to use chemicals to get rid of weeds or pests. There is almost always a kinder alternative that will not harm pollinators.
This is my Peony ‘Claire de lune’ which opened yesterday, with a bee in her ruffles. 😃
I just could not resist posting something at this time on this date, for posterity’s sake. 😉
A frozen hellebore bud…
It is still very windy here after all the storms that have gone over, but no damage done and milder days ahead. Hopefully that will mean more garden time and more blogging subject matter soon! 😃
In the bleak mid winter, frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone
Another earworm for you this week, as I work my way through favourite Christmas carols! Although today is anything but bleak, with the sun finally appearing to reassure me that it hasn’t abandoned us after all. 😃 And with this clearer weather our temperatures are set to drop well below zero for several days, so the earth certainly will be hard as iron.
After a brief walk out into the woods this morning, I came back with a bucketful of greenery to distribute around the house.
It was lovely in the woods.
I wished I could reach that big ball of mistletoe at the top of this fir tree… can you see it? 😉
So this is my ‘vase’ for today, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme.
I was so pleased I could find a few berries to decorate it with: Pyracantha from the garden and Euonymus from the hedges.
And the silvery seedhead is perhaps the last of the Queen Ann’s Lace.
Have a lovely week and stay nice and warm if you are in a cold climate like me! ❄️☀️
At this time of year the sun only makes it through the fog occasionally, which can make life pretty dreary. However, usually there are nice distractions to look forward to in December and the traditional Advent time; drinking mulled wine with friends at the Christmas markets, sitting around a table with friends and neighbours enjoying some homemade cookies and spiced tea, or braving the exciting hustle and bustle of the town centre to get some Christmas shopping done.
Well, once again all that will not be possible and a grim Christmas season faces us here in Germany. So, as an alternative distraction I am asking you, my blogging friends, to join me in sharing some extra colour and cheer next week.
Last year my Week of Flowers 2020 was such a success, with so many people from around the world joining me and posting wonderful colourful photos from their gardens. It really did me good, and the feedback was amazing. Let’s do it again! All you have to do to join in is post one flowery photo a day, for a week, starting from Wednesday 1st December, 2021. Put a link to your post in the comments section on my daily post, and turn on the sunshine!
If you are too busy to share a photo on each of the seven days, just join in when you want. Every single contribution will be appreciated by us all!
So, from Wednesday the 1st December through to Tuesday the 7th December 2021 let’s share a flower (or two) a day.
Are you with me? 😃😘😃