Here's my list for today:
- hints of sunshine peeking through the clouds
- flowers, flowers and more flowers budding and blooming on my windowsills
- coming home from work to be greeted by Matthias with soup and a snack in the oven
- a feature in a new treasury on Etsy
- a day off to be used however I choose
Not bad for a sleepy Monday morning.
I'm so excited by the opening of my yellow paperwhites (that's actually what they called them at the garden center! To be silly I kept calling them "paperyellows").
I love the white narcissi for their pure simplicity, but the yellow is so cheerful and they smell sweeter than the white ones.
Flowers blooming inside when it's cold and snowy outside is one of my favorite things about winter. And when they smell good, I just can't resist. Like the sweet olive.
It just keeps putting out flowers. They are small and would be easily missed if it weren't for their fragrance. They smell like sweet apricots, so strong that the fragrance wafts across the room. The plant might grow amazingly slowly and it might look a bit twiggy and bare, but with those flowers...
I have a thing for fragrant flowers (have you noticed?) and another fragrant plant of mine is blooming right now, too.
My star jasmine plant might be a bit funny looking (I see a theme here), but I couldn't prune off the long, uneven stems when they were full of flower buds. More and more keep opening and reminding me just why I love jasmines so much.
Finally, this next plant's flower buds are not going to open into something that smells sweet, or smells at all. But they will be bright, beautiful orange, and if I'm lucky, will form into fruit.
Pomegranates! The outsides of the buds are thick and hard, but when they open the petals are crepe papery ruffles that look to me like fairies' skirts. Stay tuned and I'm sure to have more photos of the opened flowers.
Flowers are such pure joy.
Don't forget to jot down (in whatever way shape or form calls to you) your list of joys for the day. I hope your list is rich and full.