Thursday, December 15, 2016

Plum Cottage blooms

Hi Friends ~ I do hope you all are taking some time to relax during this hectic holiday season. I don’t go out unless I absolutely have to. Tuesday I absolutely had to, as I had an appt. to have my second tooth pulled in a week. What a relief it is to not have my jaws throbbing from pain anymore!!

I feel like my daily nap, but I am waiting on a lawn care person to come by and give me an estimate on a couple of jobs. I did work outside for a couple of hours this morning and it felt so good to be out there ‘doing’. I’ll tell you, besides missing my husband for who he is and being the love of my life,  I sure miss his ability to do so many things around here. He saved us LOTS of $$ through the years because of his many talents. I was his ‘helper’ and always loved working with him. Now, I have to find help where I can, some free, some paid for. I do as much as I can and am inspired by other ladies (around my age), who take care of themselves, homes, businesses. All of you who still have your husbands by your sides, please tell them how much you appreciate all that they do for you, how much they mean to you, tell them you love them, encourage them, forgive them.

Thought I’d share some flowers that are in bloom down here. They make me feel happy, content and thankful. May they brighten your cold, wintery days.

First off, three lavender beauties. The first two, I don’t know the names of. I’ve been told, but don’t remember. The third is called, ‘Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’.




Two blooms of Confederate Rose. This plant produces ‘volunteers’.



Blooms below are from my ‘Daisy Tree’, Montanoa atriplicifolia (Yucatan Daisy). I bought it as a baby in 2014, and right now it is pretty spraggly, so I need to prune it. It is supposed to bloom all year. Things have just gotten way out of hand, but now that I’m feeling better and the weather is cooler, I hope to get caught up in the gardens.


This was called GrayLeaf by the person I bought it from. I found out that it is, Melochia tomentosa. The leaves are a silvery green, very pretty and delicate and the flowers tiny.


This is the ‘Tropical Hydrangea’ with ‘Spicy Jatropha’ in the upper left, and a purple weed flower bottom right.


‘Vanda’ orchids, given to me over 25 years ago.


An unknown rose.


The following pictures are of the rose called ‘Carnation’.

First three photos taken on the 14th. The last two this morning, the 15th.






‘Louis Philippe’, or the Florida Cracker Rose.



‘Bermuda’s Kathleen’


‘Cemetery’ Rose


‘Crepuscule’ rose



The first three pics are of coral ‘Drift’ roses, fresh then faded out as they age.




‘Picnic’ miniature roses.


This is an unknown.


Made for my dentist. I just got the whim to make this for her, in between having two teeth pulled. Smile She’s 2 1/4 inches tall, by 2 1/2 inches wide.


And, to end this post, look what I spied under the Christmas tree.


I woke her up. It was her first time sleeping in this basket in this new place. I was wondering when/if she would sleep here. The basket was given to us by my husband’s family, filled with goodies, for our 25th wedding anniversary, which makes this basket 22 years old now.


That’s it for now. I need to do Christmas baking in the next few days and finish up a couple of gifts.

Happy Christmas holidays to all of you ~ FlowerLady


Rebecca said...

What a perfect spot to fall asleep....
And back to first paragraph, I empathize with your jaws/teeth. Mostly out of fear of dentists, I've put off caring for my teeth. Day before yesterday, one of my more visible teeth broke off and has left a rather noticeable hole in my smile. I shall have to take care of this. Putting it off until the new year.
As usual, your flowers (and knowledge thereof) are cheerful and beautiful.
Wishing you a peaceful season as you contemplate an celebrate the Christ of Christmas.

Nancy J said...

Lots of goodies in your garden, the dentist's angel is so delicate and beautiful. BUT, my pick of the day is the bestest goody in your basket.A safe comfy hiding place, all tucked up with love and warmth.

NanaDiana said...

First off-that little angel is adorable that you made for your dentist.
Your flowers and gardening knowledge are both just awesome. That pink rose if beautiful--it won't let me scroll to find its name...darn it.
Hope you get your nap in and I am glad that your teeth are no longer painful.
Have a wonderful night. xo Diana

L. D. said...

Cats can always find the best placed to rest. They seem to always peek out and look like they hope you can't see them. Your tree is wonderful. Your flowers in bloom makes your state as a priority place to live. I can't think of any other state that can be tropical like this year round.

Jane said...

You have such unusual plants, Rainey. That Daisy Tree's blooms look like cosmos. Our kittens are taking turns sleeping in our glove basket. Keeps them toasty for us. Happy baking!


GretchenJoanna said...

That first flower is streptocarpella or Nodding Violet. I have one myself - in my greenhouse now - given by a friend from a cutting. Then I made a new plant and gave that to a friend. It's one of my favorites!

I also love your ‘Crepuscule’ rose. White roses are captivating!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

How refreshing to see gorgeous flowers from the garden while we're covered in snow. The basket looks like a cozy place for your cat to curl up in and it's tucked in a safe place out of the way.
Happy baking!

klaraau01 said...

Beautiful pictures from your garden and your Vanda so handsome - thank yo for sharing and have a great festive season

Debbie Harris said...

Aww...What a delight to see all your blooms while we are on freezing winter weather, thank you.
That rose carnation is absolutely gorgeous! Oooh I would love those in my garden.
How sweet of you to make that adorable angel for your dentist.
What a precious spot for your dear Kitty to find and enjoy resting in.

Merry Christmas Blessings, dear Lorraine~~

Ruth Hiebert said...

I agree with you about ladies who still have their husbands.Please,please appreciate them and tell them so.I have told many a lady who might be complaining about her husband,that she should be thankful she still has one.Your flowers are all gorgeous, especially the roses.
I've got my Hubby's family coming to join my son, granddaughter and me for an early Christmas celebration on Sunday.I'm almost ready, just a few more things to do tomorrow.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Junkchiccottage said...

Pretty pics of your garden flowers. Glad too your teeth are much better. That can be so miserable.
Love your sweet fur baby taking a nap in the family basket. So sweet. Hope you have a great week leading up to the big day.

A Joyful Cottage said...

It's -17 degrees outside, so looking at your gorgeous blooms is a special treat. I'm glad you no longer have pain and hope your tooth extractions are now ended. I'm facing something similar soon. You're so right about expressing gratitude, love, appreciation to our husbands. Having been a widow, I try not to let a day go by without thanking Dennis for something and telling him I love him. Take care, Rainey. xo

Darcie said...

I love when it is dull gray and brown in my corner of the world, I can come over here to your blog, and feel alive again with all the beautiful colors your share via your flowers!

Yes, we should never let the opportunity slip by us to tell our husbands just how much we appreciate them! I thank God everyday for mine, but I probably could do better at 'thanking' my husband too!

Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas is I don't get back over here before then! :-)


What a nice community you have on your blog and how honest do you write your blog post. I just stopped by and coming back soon. Love your kind words and stories. Desiree (from the Netherlands)

Leslie Kimel said...

I love the little angel you made for your dentist. She is adorable! Love all your pretty roses too. I am terrible with roses, but I keep on trying. Your collection is so inspiring!

Kit said...

Oh what a lovely kitty! She looks so comfy. May you have a wonderful week to Christmas! Your tree look wonderful! Love, Kit

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

That is such a sweet angel gift as well as all of the lovely flowers and the kitty!

My heart aches for you in the regards of your loss of your husband...I never married the right one and while I oftentimes thought that was bad, sometimes I wonder now if I didn't have it easier than those of you that did :(

Cheryl said...

I am glad that you have the dental work behind you now! I know that your dentist was glad to receive such a lovely and thoughtful gift.

Christmas blessings to you!!

Jessica Jarrell said...

Oh my goodness, Kitty in a basket. I love it! She looks adorable. Once again, your flowers are just gorgeous. I loved those first 3 violet ones. I miss flowers soooo much in the winter. I might have to retire in Florida, or maybe Central America or something. Somewhere where it's warm all year and I can enjoy flowers all year.

I hope you are having a lovely holiday season FlowerLady. Merry Christmas, and I hope you have a happy New Year! 😁

Barbara Barth said...

Thinking of you and wishing you a wonderful Christmas. Hope you are feeling better. I hate going to the dentist! hugs and love, Barbara

Pam's English Garden said...

Just followed your advice, Rainey, and told my husband how much I appreciate him. Enjoyed your December blooms especially as my garden is under ice and snow. Have a wonderful Christmas. P. x

Deb said...

Seeing pictures of your beautiful flowers and your cozy home always make my day! Merry Christmas to you, my friend!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Merry Christmas, Rainey! Ahhh, yes to the friend's nephew has been helping me...he needs the money and I need the work done. For the first time in more than two decades this old farm house is WARM! Blessing and gift! He did an enormous amount of caulking which makes the house warm and with the wood stove...I'm turning into a lazy bones.
Today, first day of winter, and days begin to shorten...praise the good Lord! I love Appalachia but admit, the cold cuts through to the bone more quickly than it did twenty years ago.
Merry Christmas, Rainey! You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Lorraine, thanks for your visit on my blog today - always nice to get to know new people. Love your wonderful flower photos, there's not much blooming over here right now, it's just too cold. Glad you enjoyed the photos of our little town, it is more than 1300 years old, but it's a good place to live if you like slow and old fashioned! Have a wonderful Christmas, hugs, Valerie

Diana Studer said...

Since my husband is recovering from his second hospital stay - we are - in appreciation mode!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Oh I am so sorry about the dental travails! There is nothing worse in my mind...I have a bit of a dental phobia.

to see all of these blooms...from MY area up refreshing and lovely :)

Have a wonderful Christmas. I know that you miss your husband and it's hard but have the best one that you can :) XO

KathyB. said...

You just know a cat will find the perfect place to nap, and your cat did. I especially appreciate your words to all who still have their husbands by their side , thank-you.

M.K. said...

I'm glad your sweet kitty found that basket :) The roses are just stunning. How do you remember all their names? I couldn't. You're so right about appreciating our husbands and telling them how wonderful they are. We should invest in our marriages and our love for each other, each day.

~ Dixie said...

So lovely to see all the flowers blooming. We have a lot of fluffy snow just now.
The little angel is so cute. Have a lovely Christmas!

Jeri Landers said...

James is so frequently teaching me how to do things that I don't feel like learning; on the computer, the car, the electrical, etc, etc. He says to me " You really need to learn how to do this, just in case something happens to me, and I'm not around to help you". He's right about that. There are so many of those jobs men do, small and large, that we depend upon. Does it ever get any easier? Just want you to know, you are in my Christmas thoughts,love to you!

BeachGypsy said...

Just stopped in to say "merry Christmas Eve"!

Janneke said...

A real wonderful post from a real Flower Lady, I love your roses at the end of the year. So nice your sweet cat has found her place under the Christmas tree in this basket full of memories to your family.
Wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!

Sallysmom said...

Hope your Christmas day will be peaceful and full of serenity. Thinking of you.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Rainey! A very Happy Christmas! Your blooms are just beautiful! I'm off to the kitchen to see about making some Holiday cookies - but I've got to make the dogs dinners first :) Many Blessings to you!

Melanie said...

Not too much time to relax lately, but I'm taking a little break! How sweet you are to make that beautiful angel for your dentist. May you have a blessed Christmas!

Susan said...

You've got so many pretty blooms in your garden. They are loving our warm winter. Wishing you a joyful Christmas and a healthy and happy new year Lorraine.