We're on the home stretch to Christmas day. The family will gather here as we do every year for this very special holiday. All my children and grandchildren here at the same time is sufficient gifting to me.
With only five days left I was sitting on my back porch early this morning ... my Christmas to-do list in front of me. It's a mild day weather-wise but the hot coffee and the chirping birds always has a way of soothing the soul even in the most hectic of times.
It was not our typical sunny streaked (read: glare) garden morning. On days like this it takes a little time once the sun rises to actually break through the fog when the temps contrast greatly from nighttime to daytime like they have this week. It was overcast just enough that the colors of the garden seem to deepen and come alive.
Mr. Meems even got up to take a stroll in our little haven in the back yard. When he did, I couldn't resist any longer. With camera in hand I joined him and began snapping away.
Look... the Australian Fern has a new fiddle just peering out between the elder fronds.
I love their enormous, lacey fronds and the deep, dark, fuzzy newlings unfurling with new life... even in December.
Yesterday I was in the garden almost all day. There was much to be done in the veggie garden. More on my garden day yesterday in another post (maybe- if I have time). But I needed to mow and tidy up one last time before Christmas Day. Well, that is other than the little matter of watering the pots again and sweeping the front walkway - but that's simple stuff. So the Christmas garden is now checked off my to-do list.
It will be 78 degrees here on Christmas day so the grand-youngins will be playing back here in the afternoon once the presents have been opened. We may even fit in a family game of croquet. I would like that.
Remarkably, the deep orange lantana bush is still producing enormous amounts of blooms and standing quite tall and wide at the back corner of the garden. It remains a favorite for the bees and butterflies during winter.
The plumbago situated next to the lantana keep putting on their bright blue flowers, too.
Impatiens are the mainstay for blooms I suppose. They have seeded themselves in so many nooks and crannies around the garden. I don't mind since they don't require nearly as much water this time of year making them much easier to care for than in the spring and summer.
Afterall, it's a very busy time of year and there is no way I can spend as much time as usual in the garden. Fortunately, as the weather cooperates it is kind of taking care of itself these days with lesser demands for my time.
Thanks for taking a stroll with me this morning. Now I really must get back to that list for the rest of the day.
I'm not sure if I'll have another chance to post before Christmas. If I don't... here's wishing every single dear reader the Merriest Christmas EVER! If I do... I'll be sure to say it again.