There were just a few days left before Christmas and no time to waste. Up at the North Pole, everyone was busy. Elves, all the reindeer, Santa, Mrs. Santa, and the Christmas Cottontail and his under bunnies were running hither and yon from toy workshop to stables to kitchens to greenhouses and in and out of Santa's office where Santa sat checking and re-checking his lists. But there was always time for lunch, so at the noon hour, everyone stopped for a bite to eat. The Christmas … [Read more...] about The Christmas Cottontail Has An Identity Crisis
Happy New Year, Seventeen
The old rabbit, Sixteen, sat by the garden gate, watching for her replacement to show up, a new rabbit named Seventeen. While she sat and waited, she surveyed her garden and thought back over the year. "I thought I did pretty good with the weather," Sixteen said to no one in particular. And she had done a good job with the weather. Everything was seasonal and as expected with no lows too low and no highs too high, and there was enough rain, too. However, it seemed she had trouble … [Read more...] about Happy New Year, Seventeen
When a gardener collects vintage postcards
When a gardener collects vintage postcards, especially vintage Christmas postcards, she quickly realizes she needs to narrow down her choices for which postcards to collect, or she will soon be overwhelmed with postcards. So she decides to look for postcards that feature flowers and plants other than the traditional poinsettias, holly, and ivy. Her eye is drawn to this card which features violets, one of her favorite flowers. Sent on Dec. 21, 1911 Then she finds one with panies on it, … [Read more...] about When a gardener collects vintage postcards
Happy New Year, Sixteen!
Hellebores bloom for the new year. The old rabbit, Fifteen, took one more walk around the garden while she waited for Sixteen to arrive. She lingered a bit and admired all she had done through the year. She was pleased she had finally gotten rid of the big Viburnums that anchored two corners of the vegetable garden and replaced them with Pawpaw trees. The newly planted trees were doing well, but she needed to remind Sixteen to weed around them and maybe give them some fresh mulch. Ditto … [Read more...] about Happy New Year, Sixteen!
Amaryllis, they barely know thee!
Amaryllis blooming I recently conducted an unscientific polling of 20 random individuals to find out who many know what an Amaryllis is. I showed them an actual Amaryllis and asked one question. "Do you know what this is?" The particular amaryllis I showed them was sitting on a bed of decorative rocks in a large clear glass vase so the entire bulb, some foliage, and a big flower bud were all in full view. Pretty straight-forward. Do you know how many people correctly identified the … [Read more...] about Amaryllis, they barely know thee!
Holiday Bulbs Giveaway
Amaryllis - picture courtesy of Longfield Gardens If you are the type of person who heads right to the buffet table as soon as you arrive at a party, here’s what’s on the table. The good folks at Longfield Gardens set up a nice buffet, I mean giveaway, of a Winter Gift Kit, featuring amaryllis or paperwhite bulbs, plus a rare bulb called Scilla madeirensis. Leave a comment below to enter the drawing by 11:59 pm EST on Dec. 10th. One person will chosen on Dec. 11th to win both prizes. To … [Read more...] about Holiday Bulbs Giveaway