Winter Solstice

On the longest night of the year in the northern half of the planet, we mark the winter solstice. With short days, many holidays celebrate this season with lights. Changing day length occurs because the earth is tilted as we orbit around the sun, so you could say that we’re celebrating the fact that we’re tilted. Whatever your cause for celebration this holiday season, please enjoy Dave’s recent rainy-day photos from our garden.
Autumn leavesAutumn leaves fallen onto fernLeaves floating in birdbath
If you’re a gardener like me, you probably only need to know that starting tomorrow, the days get longer. Even though I’m fortunate to live in a mild climate with year-round gardening, short days and chilly temps still limit the blooms. These roses have lasted later into the season than past years, but soon they’ll drop their petals and rest for winter.

Rose after rainfallRose after rainfallRosebud after rainfall

Other solstice blooms include this orange Epidendrum, a red Abutilon, and a sweetly scented Viburnum. Enjoy them as a promise of the return of the sun, and have a  Gleeful Knishmas.

Orange Epidendrum flowersFlowering mapleViburnum flowers

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7 Comments on “Winter Solstice”

  1. Dave Says:

    Chowder! Thanks for posting the link the Knishmas song from the Cartoon Network show “Chowder.” It was a great juxtaposition with the rainy day photos.

  2. Dennis Says:

    Great article .Thanks.

  3. temperance Says:

    Gorgeous photos (as usual)!
    Happy Solstice!

  4. bryn66 Says:

    i love the roses with beads of water — thanks for the pretty pics!

  5. Keith Says:

    How do you have autumn leaves in winter?

  6. Gayla Says:

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! You have lots of creativity and originality now keep it up!

  7. Joy Blake Says:

    Love that orange epidendrum!