Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December views

There's no stories today, no new birds or epiphanies; just this slightly snowy scene from the garden center down the street.

I was at the beach in short-sleeves just yesterday!

The snow didn't stick, as I imagine the cold won't. It doesn't seem to get and stay cold until February anymore. Weird.

I'm thinking of giving everyone I love flowers for Christmas this year. You know those impossibly beautiful things that just exude sunshine and happy thoughts? The ones that I always appreciate so much but then forget to take care of?



Anonymous said...

We hoped for snow last night but it didn't come this low.

I think flowers sound delightful. I'd love some flowers as a gift from a student! Flowers rock. Orchids, maybe? Yum!

Lynne said...


We've been below zero for a few days now....

Carolyn H said...

I like this snow photo! You've managed to bring some color in to the snow scene. Cool!

Carolyn H.

Yolanda said...

I love the snow photo. I wish I could join the flock in New River this spring but finances want permit.I so enjoy your lovley blog.

NCmountainwoman said...

Amazing how the temperatures have fluctuated this year. I easily identify with you as a fellow person who loves flowers but neglects to care for them properly. Purchasing cut flowers is a bit easier.

dguzman said...

We've been fluctuating temps-wise here a lot. We got ice last night, but the day before it was in the upper 40s.

MevetS said...

I was going to send you this for Christmas:


But when I went there I found that you had left a comment already. Curious that I didn't get an email. Must be my good friends at Comcast at it again. [/sarcasm off]

No, I've not seen them at Rancocas, but I've seen them in the Pinelands at a number of spots.

So instead I'll give you these:





No care needed.

Merry Christmas!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Here is a guy secret! Whenever Buny Lady says we need to give some lady a gift (a thank you, a sympathy, a birthday or holiday, ...) if she asks me what I suggest, I just say "flowers" ... arrangement, garden boquet, potted plant, potted bulbs, ... has never failed me yet!!!!

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LauraHinNJ said...

Liza: Orchids would be lovely... my MIL is very good with them.

Lynne: Sorry for complaining.


Carolyn: Thanks!

Yolanda: Thanks... too bad cause we'd love to have you!

NCMountainWoman: Cut flowers are nice, yeah. My greenish thumb is better practiced outdoors, though.

Delia: Hard to know what to wear, right?

LauraHinNJ said...

Steve: Thanks!

That purple waterlily is gorgeous!

Those white orchid-looking flowers - a name?

(Makes me miss spring/summer wandering in the woods)

Rabbit's Guy: I'd agree; flowers are almost always the best gift.

MevetS said...

I'm glad you liked them.

White Fringed Orchid. I found them, and the Pikering's Morning-Glory at Whitesbog. Wandering in the woods. :-)

And you're missing out on half the fun if you only go wandering in the spring and summer! (Although you'll definitely see more flowers then.)

LauraHinNJ said...

Steve: Pfft.

I've wandered there... and wandered.

(Trust me!)

Never found such a thing... or didn't recognize them, at least.

There was an awful day -- hot -- loads of deer flies -- looking for some yellow wildflowers that are supposed to blanket some hidden reservoir there -- I walked for hours and gave up before I got lost.

I love the Pine Barrens, but need a much better map and someone who knows where to find the best spots for wildflowers.


MevetS said...

I've been to the hidden bog. Once. Think Webs Mill without the boardwalk and not as open. And it was the the day I took these images.

I got lucky and had two guides. I was there for a PINES class on carnivorous plants. And a friend and her friend invited me along as they went 'planting'. I think I could find my way back ... but getting lost is fun!

Lots of ticks. No flies.

The flowers were on the side of the road along the way. In plain sight. I didn't get any good images of the bog though.

And I'm looking for a good Pinelands map too. If I find one I'll let you know.