The holidays are coming and this Garden Lady’s thoughts are of the garden and the plants that I want to add to my garden. There are many great gifts online that gardeners may want. But as for this Garden Lady, I cannot wait for plant catalogs to arrive in my mailbox. Instead of sugarplums dancing in my head, I have thoughts and dreams of flowers. So I am eager to see what is new in the seed and plant business that I can buy for my garden.
Now that I have limited space in my garden, I have to be much more selective of the flowers I add. I would love it if readers of TheGardenLady blog would tell me about their favorite flowers. The garden lady has a wooded property so that the sunniest area is the front of the garden on the eastern side of the property- this is where most of my plants are planted. This is the area nearest the street, so that this garden is for everyone who passes by- and people love to walk or drive by just to see what is in bloom. So could my readers suggest their favorite big showy flowers so that drivers and walkers can enjoy them, too? Tiny flowers just get overlooked in this garden. I also would like readers to recommend favorite plants that are low maintenance, low care plants that have flowers for a long blooming season. This garden is in temp zone 6b.
Do you enjoy seeing the Christmas lights as much as this Garden Lady does? Then consider taking your family on an outing to some gardens in your area or visit your nearest, or furthest, Botanical Gardens. Not only will you see beautiful outdoor decorations at night but you can visit the very warm tropical hothouses/greenhouses to warm up and see indoor exhibits. Many gardens have indoor poinsettia extravaganzas. And you might even be able to sip some hot chocolate in the garden cafeterias. Some of the lights and shows will remain into the New Year if you cannot get there before Christmas.
Holiday lights or Christmas displays are in, to name a few locations:
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Nativity on January 6 & 7! by fusion-of-horizons
I think it should be a rule that everybody celebrate everybody else’s happy holidays so that every month the whole year long is filled with festivities and happy holiday cheer. Now that Christmas and New Year’s Eve and day as most people- at least in the Western world-Â celebrate is over, we can now start preparing for the Eastern Orthodox Christmas which comes on January 7th.
Traditionally Eastern Orthodox Christmas was celebrated with vegetables making up most of the foods served.Â Orthodox Christmas food may include:
Nuts and fresh dried fruits.
Vegetables and herbs such as potatoes, peas, and garlic.
Slow-cooked kidney beans with potatoes, garlic and seasoning.
Bobalâ€™ki (small biscuits combined with sauerkraut or poppy seed with honey).