I spent the afternoon making flowers. Pink ones, purple ones...even black and white ones. You're curious now, I know. But I can't show you; they're part of a Christmas present for a certain someone who reads the blog so revealing them will have to wait another week.
I can, however, show you some pretty flowers in the yard.
December might not seem like a time when beautiful flowers start to bloom in the yard but if your yard contains camellias, it is. Actually, the ones in the front are just about done flowering and the ground under them is covered in pink. They always arrive in time for Thanksgiving, a pretty pink explosion out the dining room windows as I'm setting the table for a holiday meal.
But the ones in the back are a little later. There's probably a dozen or more of the double blooms like in the photo above with big fat buds on the end of almost every branch. They're big flowers too...about 4" across so I can see them from inside the house even though they're out almost to the golf course. Sometimes I cut a few to bring inside but mostly I like looking out there and seeing the flush of pink and creamy white. We'll be enjoying them for several weeks.
We've had a few frosty nights but some nice warm-ups too. The hibiscus had it's nose nipped but there are still flowers, and the pepper plants are hanging in there too, even though I quit covering them on those cold nights. The geranium has plenty of blooms too and the lavender seems thrilled with the cooler weather. I'll protect it this winter but let Mother Nature take the geranium when she's ready.
The grass doesn't have much green in it and the leaves continue to fall but I love being able to look outside and see a splash of color in the form of pretty petals.