Monday, January 3, 2011

Pleasures of the Season -- Travel Included . . .

Besides the sunshine and the cold, but gorgeous, blue skies, there's much to please in winter here right now -- I've mentioned before that I planted the garden partially to conquer the drears of the dark season, especially with winter-flowering fragrant shrubs (although it's nowhere near the winter-sublime garden that my friend and neighbour maintains and blogs about) . And right now the Mahonia japonica is delighting all who spy and sniff her. . . Such a buttery yellow, such a lovely scent
And the Viburnum bodnatense 'Dawn' has been blooming for weeks now and will bloom for many more, clusters of pink buds silhouetted fragrantly against the sky. . .
Shoots are shooting bravely and greenly into the cold sunny air . . .

and even the darker, more predictable denizens of the winter garden
benefit from a little illumination . . .
Yet even with all these beauties right in my backyard, I'm packing my bag and Pater and I are heading off Wednesday morning to . . . .

hmmm, shall I tease? we're flying somewhere I've never been before, four city days, three rural-resort-ish (can't say more without giving away) . . . not too long a flight, same time zone, but I need my passport . . . .

and I'm meeting someone special for lunch on Friday . . . .

All will be revealed . . . Stay tuned, but meanwhile feel free to speculate in the comments . . .