Anyway, Dec. is a month of chaos for most of us - and especially for the Train Station, with the Santa-NO-Train this year followed by the Ker Place event - an enjoyable yet exhausting day - and then there is doing all the stuff one seems to have to do this time of year - even if you are a Buddhist and "don't do Christmas." Right. Try living in this country and 'not do Christmas!'
|Wake me when the presents get here, OK?|
Then, to complicate things this year, the weather decided to get weird on us. I have lived here for 50 years now. At first it took a lot of getting used to when it did not snow at all – back in the day, as they say around here, we used to put snow tires on our cars. Maybe they still do up north, I don’t know. But I did it faithfully around Thanksgiving. That is also when I put the covers on the air conditioners to help keep the cold winds from blowing thru and into the house. This year, the a/c covers were on earlier, and even tho I no longer use snow tires, we have had 2 little snows in early December! Unheard of!!!!! I was once told it never snows before Christmas! Well, we are setting a record (in MY book) for cold, nasty weather this year, probably to make up for not having any autumn to speak of. We were still using the a/c after my birthday in Sept.
Anyway, the point of all this rambling is the camellias have taken a beating a couple times because of the cold. Yet the warmer fall seems to have changed the blooming pattern – many of the later bloomers are opening now and then getting ‘burned’ or frost bitten by the temps in the 20s. Most surprising of all in Yule Tide, normally a very understated bush even tho it is large… the blooms are small but a beautiful deep clear red, filled with bright yellow stamens, but somehow usually going unnoticed by passers-by. This year it was covered with bright blooms – and then the temps plummeted. I was afraid it was finished for the season. But, no, it came back with even more blooms than before. A local grower who drives past my place numerous times a day stopped by to comment on it, asking where I got that huge bush, it looked like Yule Tide, what was it, and how did I get such a large bush out there – he assumed it was newly planted in that spot because it had gone unnoticed for 25 years.
My favorite camellia is either Aunt Alice, a red variegated variety, or my first love, Pink Perfection, a spring bloomer. Both have bloomed tho Pink P has only opened a couple blooms and they have been tinged with frost bite.
I found the most beautiful poinsettia at Thomas’ Gardens yesterday. I had to bring it home. Some part of me feels it is not Christmas without a poinsettia. I had hoped to find some winter pansies, but they were real beat. So I came home without any – sad to not have some but relieved that I would not have to go out in the cold to plant them. I did buy another birdfeeder – a tiny one for chickadees. It is so cute. I have 11 feeders in the redbud so far. The restaurant is open!
This week is Solstice… may you have a Buddhaful winter season!