Something for those going through the winter blahs

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This is the time of year when I begin to long for summer. I guess I have the winter blahs (having a cold to go with it doesn’t help!).

I can’t complain too much about this winter. It’s been rather spring like for the most part with only a few extremely cold days so far this year. For the most part we’ve had above average temperatures here in Toronto with rain rather than snow.

With some luck this weather will keep up and we’ll ease into spring and it won’t be all that long before I start seeing beautiful flowers like this Climbing Westerland rose growing in my garden again.

Do you have the winter blahs too?





Rose branches and snow

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I took this photo of my rose, Therese Bugnet, when it’s red branches were lightly dusted with snow and ice. I like the how the snow appears to have turned into crystals in the branch crevices.

Is your garden or some of it’s plants covered in snow? We had a Green Christmas here, but we just got some snow, so while I can’t complain that we’re buried in snow I can say that are garden looks quite a bit different than it did a few days ago.

Closing in on Chionodoxa blooms

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Glories of the Snow or Chionodoxa … a real close up of these lovely delicate blue flowers.

I love nothing more than seeing the first flowers of Spring after our long cold winters here in Toronto. Crocuses are usually the first to come up in late March, but these Glories of the snow are often the next flowers to grace my garden beds. I only wish that they bloomed in the fall too … that would be nice.

White Orchid

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It’s snowy and cold outside right now, but indoors I have a garden of sorts in my kitchen.

The orchids, amaryllis and hibiscus have all been taking turns blooming away and it’s been lovely. It’s so nice to have flowers indoors in the winter – especially when they aren’t cut flowers in a vase!