Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Paradise Found

It is assumed that when reference is made to living in Canada a picture of the Great White North comes to mind.

Let it be said that when the page of the calendar turns to December we are often at the mercy of Mother Nature. But alas, with a little ingenuity and a trip to the greenhouse, paradise is found.

At the place where I purchase the first buds of spring, flowers for the window boxes and mums for the Fall garden, winter yields its palette of beauty.

From the palest of pink to deep crimson en masse the poinsettias create a carpet befitting of royalty. Each delicate petal uniting to reflect the spirit of the season.

Row upon row of vibrant cyclamen, heads bowed yielding to the awestruck observer choosing to take one home.

There are silver-tipped ferns painted by fairies that flit about in the darkness sprinkling their magic sparkle (at least I imagine such). Or combination baskets that can be coaxed to spend the winter and released to the garden in the spring.

A visit to such a place can cure the grey day doldrums and soothe the soul.


Fete et Fleur said...

The riot of color is gorgeous. I'm wondering at the plants in photo 3 in all the different shades. Are they poinsettias?

Annabelle said...

Miss Maddie,

Strange how life leads one on a road to finding solace through some other human’s grief.
I was just visiting Queen of the Armchair tonight when your name caught my interest. A very long time ago we had an old English Sheep dog named Maddie and even now I still think of her and the reason why I ventured to your blog. While reading a bit of your blog I came upon the post about Addison. So terribly sorry for your loss, eighteen years is a very, very long time and one gets attached to their furry angels forever.
Recently we lost our Elly {Elliot ~ kittycat}. My daughter is still having a hard time letting him go and has done a few drawings in his memory, if anything the art is helping and of course reading about others who adored their pets as much as we did and have endured the loss. Thank you for your lovely tribute.
p.s. Enjoyed reading your blog and the game looked fun; just a little too late.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Gosh, how lovely! Are the blue and lilac ones real??? I have never seen them in those colours!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Unfortunately I am alergic to poinsettas.....

Doreen said...

These are so very beautiful Susan. I've always loved poinsettias. I've never seen blue and lilac before, they are lovely.


Fern said...

Hi Susan, I would just love to see snow geese.
Lovely photos, such amazing colours, like the others, I have only seen poinsettias in red. I love them but daren't have one now because of the cats, they are only young and occasionally do chew my house plants.
I am going to put you on my bloglist, hope that's ok?

Tres Belle said...

I have never seen so many diffrent colors of poinsettias. They are absolutely stunning. Just gorgeous. I could feel quite content to visit a greenhouse and stay there during the winter grey months.


BumbleVee said...

call me old fashioned...I still prefer a red poinsettia...

we have a huge garden center that displays a bunch of beautifully decorated trees and we like to go each year....

Queen of the Armchair aka dzintrastitcheries said...

Thank you for coming over Suasan...yes the same Jack Thompson from The Man From Snowy River...another wonderful Aussie flick!!! Would love to know what you think of Australia when you do manage to see it. Regarding the Great White North one does conjure about the most beautiful images of is a country that a lot of Aussies do really enjoy visiting. Your images have the most glorious colour...and are sure enough to cure the doldrums!!! Dzintra XX

Lori said...

oh my!!! i have never, ever seen poinsettias in such gorgeous colors!!! they are so very pretty!!!

CIELO said...

Hi.... just found your lovely blog.... your blog banner is a speaks to my heart..

Nice meeting you


Sea Angels said...

Truly Stunning Susan, and the holidays just wouldn't be the same without them.Thankyou for your really lovley words, you are a joy to read
Hugs Lynn xx

Karin said...

Hello Miss Maddie!

Visiting your blog made my grey day here in sweden much brigter. I have nerver seen so many colours of the plant that we calls cristmas star. White, pink and red ofcourse, but lilac and blue! And the tree decoration of them a´re so lovely.

Thank you for a nice visit!

Best regards

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous! This is definitely a place to chase away the winter blues...and bring in some reds, violets, greens, pinks, and yellows!

Donna O. said...

Some of those colorful leaves almost look of paper.
PS- Maybe Santa will bring you an answering machine for Christmas.
: )

madeleinemiranda said...

Ohhhhhh! So, so pretty!!!

Take care,


Heather said...

wow! I've never seen poinsettias in some of those colors! what a magical place~

Pinkie Denise said...

Oh, what gorgeous Poinsettias! I love the pink ones the best so beautiful they are...Merry Christmas Pinkie