Happy Holidays to all! However you celebrate the season I wish you much happiness, peace and good health now and in the new year! Thank you for the comments, reading suggestions and kind words that have been shared over the course of the year. For me they are daily presents for which I am always very appreciative.
Going to my local Botanical Gardens seems to have become a new tradition, one which I greatly enjoy. They put on an amazing poinsettia display.
I think they must have every variety of poinsettia. The centerpiece is a twenty-foot tall poinsettia tree.
The tree is made up of roughly 720 potted poinsettia plants which are replaced halfway through the season so the plants remain fresh and vibrant.
The decorations this year followed a Victorian theme--from ornaments on the trees down to an actual Victorian-era sleigh.
I especially love the ornamental pond complete with fish. Aren't they considered good luck? Or is that just my imagination?
Even a few of the trees in the garden outside were decorated--mostly with edible ornaments.
The treats come in very handy for the garden residents! (This photo is for you Stefanie! He told me he'd be happy to come visit your garden next summer! . . . But don't worry, I didn't give him your address).
He apparently wanted to eat in peace and didn't like me gawping at him. I guess this is what's meant when you say 'high-tailin' it out of there'. By the way--the first of these last three photos was taken outside (brr--it was COLD), but the latter two were taken from the warmth of indoors.
Here's to happy celebrations filled with laughter and good cheer, something warm to drink (or cold if it's your summertime!) and a book-shaped present under your tree! (Oh, and many hours filled with reading, too).
I'll be back later this week in the hopes I can catch up with a few book posts and then it'll be time to wrap things up for 2013. My how the year has flown by!