Still Winter

We’ve gotten a wee bit more than the less-than-1-inch of snow predicted for today.

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It’s cold and gray and snowy today … all day. The perfect kind of day for staying in, snuggling with the dogs, and drinking hot cocoa! Here’s hoping that yours is a lovely one!

In case you missed these recipes before, here are a few cocoa posts:

Chocolat Chaud

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate (I actually still have a few of those marshmallow snowmen! Big grin!)

Goodnight, Garden

Here today, gone tomorrow. That is probably what nature has in store for the last flowers from this season’s garden. Though it was 70 degrees here earlier today, the temperature has dropped almost 30 degrees in the past few hours with an additional drop of 20 more degrees predicted tonight… all thanks to the Bomb Cyclone headed our way. Brrrr …. winter comes tonight and looks like it is here to stay for a while. Goodnight, sweet garden. We’ll see you in the Spring!

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Stay warm! Have a great week!

Another Beautiful Season of Kates

Our “Kiss Me Kate” lilies, which are always beautiful, are really having a spectacular season this year with the cooler than normal temperatures that we have been having recently.

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Have lovely day!

Secret Rose

Weather conditions can affect not only how floriferous rose bushes are, but also the color of their blooms. We’ve had relatively cool temperatures here in Manhattan, Kansas lately, and several of my bushes are producing extraordinarily vibrant blooms. This photo is of Secret blossoms, which are loving this cool weather. Not only are they showing beautiful color, but they are also wonderfully fragrant.

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Have a lovely day!

Decisions

This is a photo of our Brown-Eyed Susans that I took last summer. Unfortunately – and to my great surprise – none of them came back this year. That’s the first time in fourteen years that I’ve lost our rudbeckia trilobas. Now, it is decision time. They were in a stretch of garden that is difficult to maintain because it is hard to reach with the hose and also difficult to weed. Do I replant or try to find some other way to landscape that area? There are still irises, yarrow, purple coneflowers and lambs ears in that bed. So that area still requires maintenance, but do I take the opportunity to start down-sizing that strip? Hmmm …

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Have a wonderful day!

 

Hyacinths

I don’t usually cut flowers from my garden. I like to leave them in place for passers-by to enjoy. However, with freezing temperatures approaching, I decided to cut a few hyacinths to bring in the house. Their fragrance is remarkable, so I’m glad to have them inside. Have a lovely day!

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