Merry Christmas Everyone

amaryllis bulbs growing
hippeastrum (amaryllis)
hippeastrum (amaryllis)

Merry Christmas. I hope that everyone is enjoying the season. It is very cold and snowy here, so I look out the window wistfully at the parts of the garden that manage to rise above the snow, and make plans for next year. I’m looking forward to the first spring bulbs, but meanwhile I’ve got a few bulbs growing indoors.

amaryllis bulbs growing
amaryllis bulbs growing

In order to enjoy the scent of soil and the satisfaction of watching something grow, I’ve got some Hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs in various stages of growth. It’s such fun to watch their progress, and of course so easy since they don’t require chilling. From the first tiny point of emerging green to the splendid, showy flowers, they are fun to observe. The ones in bloom need staking, even after only one of the flowers fully opens, and the heavy pots help keep the tall, top-heavy flowers stable.

Christmas bears
Christmas bears

Here’s a warm fire to offset the frigid temperatures outdoors. The Christmas bears are warming their toes, after having fun in the snow, but I’ve warned them not to get their paws too close.

Christmas tree ornaments
Christmas tree ornaments

This collage shows some of the ornaments from my tree. I have some birds that I’ve had since I was a child, given to me by my father when I belonged to the young naturalist’s club. I got one per month, and now 40 or so of them nest in my tree. The little presents were ones that I made from homemade wrapping paper, by carving and printing them with ink onto tissue paper. There are more teddies on the tree, and various mini-wreathes and mini-baskets I’ve made and wrapped with ribbons, berries or cones. I made some little cross stitched ornaments, too.

Christmas presents
Christmas presents

I hope that Santa is good to you, and that you have a peaceful holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Northern Shade.


41 thoughts on “Merry Christmas Everyone”

    1. Marit, the outside garden doesn’t change much now, it just gets buried a little more all the time. Merry Christmas.

      Anna, the Christmas teddy bears always make me smile.

  1. Love the bow on your Hippeastrum and all your fantastic Christmas teddies! Decorations given a long time ago seem so much better than modern ones, yours are beautiful. Wishing you a Happy andPeaceful Christmas.

    1. Pauline, the glass ornaments are from my childhood, too, and I have a few red berries from my parents’ first Christmas tree as well. I always think of past Christmases when we decorate the tree.

  2. Amaryllises are wonderful Christmas flowers. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    And that your sweet little bears do not burn their paws;)/Monne

    1. Monne, those amaryllis petals are so extravagant once they open, and a nice reminder that the garden outdoors will eventually come to life, despite the deep cold and snow. God Jul.

      Ulrika, God Jul, and have a terrific gardening year in 2013.

      Marie, God Jul and have a Happy New Year.

  3. All the very best wishes for a merry and blessed Christmas to you and your family. May all your wishes (or most of them!) for 2013 become true, but most of all stay safe and sane.
    Greetings from Switzerland,

  4. Greetings from Toronto…
    May the Christmas season
    fill your home with joy,
    your heart with love
    and your life with laughter.
    Wishing you peace, prosperity and health for 2013.

  5. Those amaryllis will provide a glorious splash of colour to lighten up winter days and nights. A most happy Christmas to you and all best wishes for a new year filled with flowers xxx

    1. Anna, We’ve finally turned the corner, and the days will be getting longer. Amaryllis flowers are so exuberant, that the tall blooms really do brighten the room. I’ve got a series of them, so they should be blooming for a while.

      Monika, frohe Weihnachten, and have a joyous New Year.

      Hans, they need their sweaters right now, as it is extra cold outside. At least with their fur, they don’t need coats with down feathers in them like I’ve been wearing. God Jul.

  6. I am looking forward to my Amaryllis flowers too. Just what you need at this time of year.
    I like to see Christmas trees with decorations that have a history to them. Lots of good memories as you hang them up.
    Enjoy the festivities. I envy you your snow – it’s all grey, wet and gloomy over here!

    1. Easygardener, I think of many happy Christmases and loved family members when I see the decorations on the tree.

      I like to have new flowers to anticipate, but these bulbs won’t last until the outdoor ones begin, I might have to start some more.

      Oh we have lots of snow, I’ve been shoveling about twice a day, but it’s good cross training.

    1. Mariana, Merry Christmas, and have a happy and successful 2013.

      Helena, that’s a wonderful tradition, since they will remember all of the Christmas fun they had over the years with the family when they hang up their ornaments on their own tree. Merry Christmas.

  7. What nice to read about your birds.
    Jag have started a tradition with my brothers children.Every Christmas Eve, the get a ornament that I attach to the christmas present.
    The thought is that the day they leave home will bring the decorations which then decorate the Christmas tree in their own home.I hope they will come to appreciate it as adults.
    Have a happy Christmas.
    HUG from me!

  8. Your amaryllis are beautiful! Mine are really shooting up, but no sign of a bloom yet. Your bird ornaments are quite a treasure. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

    1. Rose, I really enjoy checking out the amaryllis and their progress. I didn’t chill any bulbs indoors, but I have some Hyacinths planted in pots in the garage. They huddle against the house wall for warmth. I hope it’s not too cold for them.

      Have a Happy New Year and all the best wishes for 2013.

  9. Hi, I hope you’re staying warm and cozy and that you had a wonderful Christmas. Your ornaments are sweet. I love the little birds and how you came by them so many years ago. the teddys on the mantel are too cute! I’ve got two amaryllis bulbs to plant. I got them for my birthday in November and still haven’t started them. Bad me. I hope they turn out as pretty as the ones you have pictured. Cheers.

    1. Grace, I bundled up so much when I went our shoveling a couple of days ago, that I ended up sweating in -25° C. Little Softie, the brown teddy in the middle, is my favourite as he has velvety fur. :) You could have some pretty amaryllis for Valentines day if you start them now.

      Ms. S, have a Happy New Year and a fun gardening year.

  10. Happy holidays to you, Northern Shade. I absolutely love your homemade ornaments and the memories they carry for you. Those are always the best ornaments. Wishing you all the best for the New Year. :)

    1. Ray, my garden is pretty quiet in the winter. Although the weather warmed up the last few days so the squirrels woke up, and there are small tracks leading out in a radius around the tree trunks. If they buried their cone stash close to the trunk, they are going to have trouble finding them under the deep snow.

      Happy New Year

  11. Wish you a Happy New Year!!!
    Dina Amaryllis är fina!
    Trevligt med något som växer!
    Här smälter snön, vi har ca.2 + grader.
    Har haft 80 cm. djup snö och nu har den minskat till hälften.

    1. Mariana, since there isn’t any soil visible outdoors, it’s satisfying to play with the soil indoors and watch some bulbs grow. We are supposed to get similar weather this week, so maybe some of our snow will melt, too, although I don’t think we’ll get down to bare earth.

  12. Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I love all the bears. New Years eve is our traditional ‘de-decoration’ day, when the tree is taken down and all the decorations are put away to make room for fresh beginnings in the new year. I am sort of missing them today, when it is pouring rain outside and all seems bleak. I do still have several poinsettias, which brighten the rooms. I wish you the best in 2013!

  13. Thank you so much for visiting my blog with your good wishes for me. I hope you will be in good health 2013 and wish you a Happy New Year.
    Christmas in Bavaria was like a summer day in the beer garden. Normally we are drinking in this time warm wine at the Christmas Market but this year it was impossible!
    I love Hippeastrum like you in the Christmas time.
    Have a great time we read us.

    1. Renate, it sounds like you had gardening weather, rather than weather for sitting around a Christmas fire. Perhaps you will have an early spring.

      The Hippeastrum keeps me in touch with gardening and is a reminder that winter doesn’t last forever.

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