Even in December, there is something going on in the garden. The plants in the sunroom continue to do well, and I am hopeful that they survive the winter. Recently, I uncovered my amaryllis and brought it into the kitchen. I gave it some water, and hope it will wake up soon and produce another gorgeous flower. If it does, it will be the eighth year it has bloomed. It is green on the bulb, surely a good sign.
Dawn on a cold day in December, low clouds reflect the golden, early morning light. I love this time of day, soft and quiet.
Oliver is up early for a handout for breakfast. I took this photo early in the month, and he is getting his winter layers started.
On the suet feeder, the cardinal is happy for the extra calories on a cold day.
His mate was on the dowel that My Sweet Babboo put up just for her. She has a difficult time holding onto the cage to eat. On the backside of the feeder, a red bellied woodpecker gets a meal, too.
A second squirrel has overcome his trepidation, and got a peanut butter sandwich. We’ve named him Jack, after Oliver’s friend in the Dickens novel. A bit skittish, he ran out to the edge of the forest to eat his breakfast this day.
A titmouse stops by for a meal.
Then the woodpecker found the suet cake too.
A couple of weeks after the first photo, and you can see how Oliver has bulked up, LOL!! With a warm November, and a plethora of acorns, the squirrels are getting a bit chubby this year. All the squirrels around here are bulking up, not just the two I give tidbits to a few times a week. I don’t feed them every day. But he’ll need that layer as it gets really cold later this week and by spring he’ll be skinny again.
Jack is putting on his winter layer too. The only way I can tell them apart is by where they choose to go to eat their tidbits. Jack takes his treat to the top of the stairs now, while Oliver heads to the retaining wall.
On the veranda, hanging pots of torenias have been replaced with Christmas bells and ornaments. Lights are strung along the top of the railing.
In the early night sky, we’ve been watching the progression of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. Visible as bright stars close together just after sunset for a couple of weeks now, they will reach their closest point together tomorrow night, which is also the Winter Solstice. I’m hoping for a clear night so I can get a clearer photo.
What is going on in your garden? Are you watching the Great Conjunction?