Friday, December 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day December 2017 and #SkywatchFriday

Today, two memes for the price of one.

My guest photographer provides a picture of the December 6 sunset here in Binghamton, New York.  There's a story behind this photo and I hope I have time to explain it one day.  But for now, please enjoy it for #SkywatchFriday, where bloggers from all over post pictures of the sky.

It's the 15th of the month - time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  Thank you to Carol at May Dream Gardens, for creating this meme, where bloggers gather on the 15th of each month to show what is blooming in their yards or houses.

I have a Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) in my back yard, with nice white buds.  But it was also 7 above zero and I wasn't about to go out there and take a picture.  Instead, today I will show you mostly plants I've purchased recently.  For example, this African violet.
One of my many Thanksgiving cactii.
A red cyclamen on the left, which I won at a holiday party, and a red and white poinsettia on the right.  Yes, I know those red and white items aren't flowers - they are bracts, or modified leaves.
And finally, a closeup of my red poinsettia showing the actual flowers in the middle.

Happy Friday!  Happy Holidays!


  1. I have nothing blooming in the house and everything outside is under a foot of snow.

  2. Gorgeous sunset photo!
    Love the cactus!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  3. Christmas Rose and thanksgiving flowers .These made me very happy .Thank you ALana for shring your garden stories

  4. The Skywatch pic as well as the other pics are very nice.

  5. Love these photos! Great colors- and the feelings they instill!

  6. Gorgeous photo. Can't wait to hear the story someday. I don't blame you at all for not going outside in such cold weather but you've lots of bright color inside to cheer this darkest time of the year! Keep warm.

  7. I love your holiday blossoms, which just reminds me that I haven't got any! I need to get out to the nursery this weekend...

  8. What a gorgeous shot by your "guest photographer", and a beautiful golden sky!

  9. Beautiful blooms! Great idea for a blog hop, especially for gardeners.
    You are always welcome in Caneyhead!

  10. I'm looking forward to having something other than dirt--mud at the moment because it's raining--in my yard, but that will be next spring!

  11. I don't blame you for not wanting to go outside. Stay warm :)


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