In the northern hemisphere, tomorrow is the winter solstice. It is a time of optimism, an opportunity shout “up yours” to winter and, whilst shaking an angry fist, “your reign is nearly over Baby”. The currently submissive Day will begin to nibble at the dominant Night, slowly at first, getting hungrier as the weeks pass. Before we know it spring will be making its welcome presence felt and we will have more hours of light to practice our noble profession. Some perhaps not so noble. It might take a while but at least we are the right road. Before our very own Arch Druid, The Prop, starts prancing about in the altogether around the local football pitch, you could pop on over to his blog and find out what everyone else is up to. I would keep your clothes on though, ’til tomorrow anyway. Shall we proceed with SoSing?
First we have a viola, looking a little bit sad but soldiering on valiantly. They usually have a nap through the worst of the winter, returning triumphant as the season wanes. Although not vigorous these are popping open flowers on a regular basis. It is much appreciated.
Next we have a swelling seed pop of Tibouchina ‘Groovy Baby’. This little shrub has been flowering continually through hell and highwater. Literally. It is the first time I have noticed it setting seed and am keeping half an eye on its progression. This might not be enough; I must be more vigilant.
Onto one of the bedding primulas which are planted in the Belfast sink at the front of the house. The incessant harsh weather seems to have melted the petals. Interesting.
Now a feisty soul, this pelargonium still battling through, deliciously dark flowered and edged with raspberry.
And the plucky Nerine undulata, bowed and ragged. You can’t knock the intent. Do you get points for “trying hard”? I certainly hope so, both for the nerine and myself.
And lastly, the world. Every year I buy at least one new decoration for our overladen tree. This year it is a globe. It appears that it is being pecked at by a gigantic bird. Unfortunately, that is the least of its problems.
Happy solstice everyone, the only way is up!