Okay, is there such a thing as winter rage? I'm sure there is. I am sure I don't have it, either, but really this winter is starting to get on my nerves. We've gone from bonechilling cold to that milder weather that was promised. In the form of freezing rain, and then rain, fog, and drizzle. The driveway/dooryard is a skating rink. Up the road, trees are festooned in crystal, but here they shook it off in the fog. The birds are still out and about, and that's very cheery-making, but really, we need a break.
Some sunlight would be nice to go along with the milder temperatures. Oh, I know. Flowers! They always help. A nice bouquet of winter flowers helps to drive the drearies away. For some inscrutable reason, I really like green button mums. I don't know if they're dyed or natural. I like em anyway.
This is the coolest houseplant. I got it last fall and it's doing very well. It's called Ixora, and I'd never seen it before, but it spoke to me and you know how it is when plants call our names. We must not refuse.
That was my excuse today, when I went into a store to buy batteries and a couple of other items. And there was a big load of these indoor roses in pots, wanting to be bought and given to beloveds for Valentine's day. So I got one and told LongSuffering Spouse that he bought it for me.
These roses never have a name when you find them in stores, but while it didn't have the most roses on it, I wanted it because it reminded me of Morden Sunrise, a lovely Parkland/Morden rose from Manitoba. There really wasn't enough light to take a great photo without flash, but next sunny day I'll take its picture again so you can appreciate the subtle play of yellow, apricot and pink in the flowers.
Now THIS was a surprise when I went into the living room to water the succulents and cacti and others that live in there over the winter. This yellow-flowered Christmas cactus flowered at Christmas, but apparently felt it should throw a few extra flowers as a midwinter treat for me. It's a bit early for Bloom Day, but Carol won't mind.
Oh, and this was the other temptation that hit me today as part of my rebellion against winter. There was a whole pallet of Phalaenopsis orchids in the store I went into, nice plants with lots of blooms, buds and leaves, and in handsome clay pots to boot. So I bought IT too, and told Longsuffering spouse he gave me THAT as well. He agreed that was an excellent pre-Valentine's gift. I don't need anything else, but I'll make a nice supper for him on V-Day as a reward.
Oh, winter, I wish I could just quit you...but I will never quit plants, that's for sure. Especially flowering ones that help us get through winter!