Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Starting out the New Year With a Bang!

I just spent 4 days in balmy Navarre Beach Florida where the temps were in the upper 60's!  It was overcast and rainy most of the time, but this was a trip to visit my sister and not so much about the beach.  I did a lot of shopping and eating to close out 2010.  However, I am strong in my resolve to move more and eat less in 2011 so I can continue to do the things I love, especially garden well into my old age (however much that ends up being!)  I came home and went straight down to the garden to see if anything was happening and took photos of a few things.





I am afraid these brave souls will regret sticking out their tender heads since it's supposed to be in the 20's by morning.  I carefully covered up the bleeding hearts and sedum with leaf cover and told them not to wake up just yet.  The 2 tiny winter honeysuckle blooms smelled so sweet.  It was like a breath of spring to see and smell the stirrings of life already.  God's magical cycle of life is truly amazing in the plant world.  I'm so blessed to live in the South where the winters are not so harsh and long.  Happy New Year everyone and may your gardens (and YOU) prosper!  


  1. Happy New Year.

    In my experience you don't have to worry too much about the perennials coming out like that. It really has to be cold for a long time for damage to happen. Having a bag of mulch in the garage (thawed out) is good for filling around those plant tops too.

  2. Can you believe the snow we got in southern Wayne County! Glad you are home to enjoy it with little Pixiepoodle! Some of us have to brave the winter and take care of the sick and infirmed down here on the hill...glad to have a job that I can go to and not one that closes when the weather is bad (at least I'll be glad when payday comes!) P.S. Glad you are enjoying the boots...wish I had some now!