We've been waiting I don't know how many years for this orchid to bloom. I've been threatening to toss it on the compost heap every season when it refused to put up a scape. But I didn't, (because the orchids really are David's project, not mine) and finally, here it is. Check out the little drops of nectar at the tips of the lower petals. This photo makes it look like some kind of bat coming in for a landing. And probably wherever it grows naturally there are bats or something else that zip right into that magenta landing strip to drink some nectar and in turn pollinate the flower. There are in fact, three scapes in bloom on this one plant as I write!
I also offer this brilliant yellow calendula that by some amazing powers or fortitude has managed to survive several nights below freezing and generate these astonishing flowers. It reminds me of some story about a weed that grows up in the crack of an urban sidewalk and blooms against all odds. Maybe its the color that gets me so- it just says July, not December.
And the weather here now is saying January or February, not December. Once again we face some of the strangest weather I've ever seen. We have highs in the 40's and nights in the 20's forecast for the next 7 days, this is not normal for December in North Carolina, not normal at all.
The good news is that the sun continues to shine and there is a very large stack of fire wood ready for burning, some of which is just outside the door.
Tonight we'll be enjoying oysters from our last delivery of the season from our community supported fishery Core Sound Seafood. Last night we fried some and had them with slaw made with cabbage, carrot, red bell pepper and fennel; they were sublime. Tonight I'm planning a soup. I was just out in the garden bundled up and sporting a headlamp to harvest a leek, some dill and parsley, I'll add those and some mushrooms to some fresh cream from the dairy and I think we'll be very happy indeed. So I bid you adieu and head for the kitchen and the warm deliciousness that awaits.