Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Blooms

It is that time of year - - Happy Holidays!

Holidays and decorations wherever you look: up and down the streets, inside and outside the homes.  From now and into the new year - - it is holiday-time.

 Poinsettia - Peppermint Stick
design detail

Looking out to Formal Garden
Lake Michigan in the background

Instead of looking “out and about” in the Gardens at Waters East,  it was decided to look at the flowers blooming in the house during this week of the year.  Some are “house plants” others, to help them survive, have been brought in for the winter season.  Each now celebrates with blooms this festive time of the year.

 succulent in bloom


 a summer annual brought in for the winter
no idea what it is called



 more close-up detail



 Peace Plant

 another happy blooming succulent

interesting color design

 Spider Plant

 Vinca - Illumination

A favorite of the holidays is the poinsettia.  There are a number of blooms in this posting that demonstrate well that today’s poinsettia is not your grandma’s poinsettia.  This is only one of the many many varieties found in green houses today.   It has some awesome markings which you can see in close-ups of the plant.

 more detail

 and - more detail

The kind of plant and view that says
Merry Christ & Happy Holidays.

NOTE:   Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;
no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.
What is posted – is what it here.  It is what it is.

 view in Asian Patio fountain

Simple Elegance
driftwood from StoneWater Beach
collected from the shore of Gardens at Waters East

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  1. Lovely flowers and very festive displays. Merry Christmas to you.

  2. You've kept a great group of plants going with all those windows. It's interesting also to see your fantastic view and the axis of the formal garden with the view from the house.

    All that color accents your winter backdrop beautifully. Happy holidays Jack.

  3. How lovely to have all those blooms in your house. As next year I plan to start adding flowers to our property, come hell or high water, I took some some time to read your design principles today. I've just read an article on interior design all about editing-I hope I do better outside than I have inside.

  4. Lots of plants continue flowering in your home. I love the beautiful displays of the wonderful Poinsettia, especially with the view over the garden to the lake.
    Wish you a Merry Christmas Jack.

  5. Nice photos. What a happy blog.

  6. Gorgeous flowers and wonderful view!
    Visiting "Gardens at Water East" is always a great pleasure!
    A Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year to you and your family!

  7. Happy New Year to my favorite garden on the lakeshore!