And so I am very, very late in sharing what is blooming in my garden this December. But the only bloom worth noting is indoors--a new Christmas cactus blooming right on schedule.
Outdoors, the garden has been dormant for at least a month. Despite the mild weather of early December, nothing is blooming, with dried seedheads the only reminders of the garden's former glory.
The endless scene of shades of brown was broken on Thursday when a winter storm blustered through and covered one of the few spots of green--the hellebores--with white instead. Although parts of the Midwest were blanketed with snow, we received only a dusting, and chances are that won't last for Christmas.
But the best "blooms" of all were in my kitchen yesterday as the grandkids came over for our traditional cookie-making time. For a few hours the house was filled with laughter and sugar-fueled squeals of delight. Although the finished products were heavy on frosting and might not be quite edible, the time spent was precious and priceless. I feel very blessed this Christmas.