The new week begins with a bit of fanfare this morning, as a holiday Amaryllis snapped up just before Christmas offers two snowy blooms to match the frosty landscape outside.
Typically, I pot this type of bulb in soil, but on this occasion I took the lazy route by just putting it in a glass vase with marbles. The method has not proved satisfactory, with the blub tilting first one way and then another as the bloom stalk grew to an immense height.
Friday’s sleet and ice, followed by 3 or more inches of snow later in the night, fashioned a winter wonderland for the weekend. Rising temperatures, reaching a high in the mid 50s today, should soon send Frosty and other snowmen hurrying on their way.
In many respects it was a perfect snow. School children had a day at home on Friday, the early ice caused fewer difficulties than expected, and it was a thrill to see our world transformed. Best of all, we were not snowbound longer than we could bear.
Tim and I set out for a long walk early on Saturday. Along the way, I took photos from the far side of the Reedy River showing our home high above the waterway. There are four terraces, including a narrow back garden and three sections of woodland. Looking carefully, you can see a stairway on the second terrace just beyond the substantial retaining wall, and then look left to find a stairway descending the third terrace which ends at a lower retaining wall. The final terrace, along the riverbank, is the section of the garden which floods after heavy rains.
From another angle, you can see how much the river rises before it overflows its banks, plus the kitchen window above the sink that provides a dreamy view when I wash dishes.
Has winter reached your neck of the woods yet?
For some of the most eye-catching flowers around the world today, visit the queen of Monday vases, Cathy, at her blog Rambling in the Garden.