We are not going to venture into the garden today as we are in the midst of an unusual cold spell in Southern California with high winds, trees uprooted, snow and freezing temperatures. It is snowing about 15 miles from my home the day before New Years and I ended up spending most of the day bringing delicate plants into the house to protect them from the freeze tonight.
Have a seat in the old blue chair to sip your tea - Bentley. my Studio Assistant, is hanging out in the kitchen by the oven wearing his sweater to stay warm and I am wearing gloves and a wool cap while I am running in and out of the house bringing plants in and covering up the larger trees and plants in pots with plastic instead of meeting friends for lunch to celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of a new adventure.
The kitchen is beginning to look like a green house while I am sorting plants and finding sunny windows in the house to place them until we are out of danger of a heavy freeze. The Primroses and Pansies can handle the cold better than some of the more delicate plants and herbs and I plan to paint the Primroses later today before they go into the garden.
The white winter Hydrangeas that were on the front porch are now safely in the living room along with the Paperwhites that I just took outside when I took down the Christmas decorations.
The white Geraniums and Succulents are also in the living room!
Plants are everywhere - literally "bringing the outdoors indoors".
Now that the outdoor plants have a warm spot inside I am going to paint a little painting of Primroses for my friends birthday and celebrate her birthday and the New Year with some "art in the garden".
"Art in the Garden"
I usually like to pick a word on New Years that represents something I want to accomplish in the new year and after today I think something like " go with the flow" may be appropriate as I begin the new year and enjoy life's unexpected times as much as the planned times.
Wishing you a Beautiful New Year and may you "go with the flow" as the year unfolds.
Thank you for stopping by. Next week I will share with you the inspirations for a larger painting on my easel that was waylaid a bit by the arctic blast.
Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin
" A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance." Proverbs 15:13