We went on vacation. A long vacation. Well, a long vacation for us at least - a week! And it was wonderful. Well, it was wonderful until we caught the flu on the last few days of our vacation.
We returned home coughing and sneezing and feverish. It is cold outside (for Texas) and feels especially chilly to feverish skin. And so, I have not ventured outside. Usually I would make the rounds in my garden, noting the changes, and celebrating the blooms. Instead, I crawled into bed to hibernate and recuperate. I think this is the longest I've ever been away from my garden.
Right before I crawled into bed, however, I glanced out the kitchen window. "Oh, my camellia is blooming!"
The house/pet sitter replied, "Yes, it's so pretty! It's been full of blooms all week!" If I hadn't been sick, I would have hugged her.
Then I realized that there was a lot of beauty I could enjoy from indoors. The pear tree is glorious.
There are roses blooming outside still.
And inside, my Christmas cactus is posed to bloom for Christmas!
(all photos were taken from inside the house)
I've written before about views out my windows. But I didn't realize just how important those glimpses of the garden truly are. For a gardener that can't go outside, being able to enjoy blooms and beauty from inside the house is both a Celebration - and a Lesson.
I'm joining Donna at Gardens Eye View for Seasonal Celebrations and Beth at Plant Postings for Garden Lessons Learned.