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Vetsy is my nickname that my family have fondly called me since my childhood. My blog reflects my personal views about the world around me. My topics may be anything that interest me but the majority of it is about my favorite past times...nature and gardening. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment or becoming a follower.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Nicest Present

The Nicest Present

Under the tree the gifts enthrall,
But the nicest present of them all
Is filling our thoughts with those who care,
Wanting our Christmas joy to share.

To you, whom we're often thinking of,
We send our holiday joy and love.

By Joanna and Karl Fuchs
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my blogging friends! There's more I'd like to share with you below:
Bees in December?

 I had a little time off from work and used that time to visit the lovely garden walk at Hatcher Garden which is just a few blocks away from my temporary  home.

Bumble and Honey bees were every where and even though I was excited and surprised to see them.... the sight of them really  confused my cognitive senses......... I stood in front of this yellow shrub for several minutes talking to myself and asking myself questions like.....this is December.... right?
I'd love to learn what this shrub is called, thanks for sharing if you know... It doesn't have a scent to it and reminds me of Snap-dragons. 
( unfortunately Hatcher Garden is lacking on name posting ).

 Can you see the Honeybee?

 All The beauties below are winter flowers and look like roses, there are no scent to these either, I'm clueless, .... Do share if you know...

I end this post with winter berries and hope to learn the names of most, if not all the plants I've posted. I have a lot to learn about the plants of the south as I adjust to my new home, thank you for visiting.


  1. I don't think I've seen a white Christmas Cactus. I haven't seen bees here for awhile. They do start venturing out in Jan and Feb on sunny days. My only guess for the yellow flowers, since I can't see the leaves, is Mahonia. It has prickly leaves and blooms in the winter here followed by blue berries. Here we call it Oregon grape.
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Catherine I believe you are correct. I did a web search and they certainly look like the plant that you named.. ( Mahonia ) Thank you.

  3. I think it is a very good omen to have a Christmas Cactus bloom during the festive season. Indeed this is the nicest present. Wow! The red blooms sure add to some winter cheer. Have a blessed Christmas, Vetsy!

  4. Hello Vesty. Thank you for your lovely comments that you left all year long. It sounds as though you have settled in nicely in your new home. A few years ago my good friend gave me a Christmas Cactus. It is a very pale pink and hangs out with my African Violets. Yours is so pretty and it is in a spot where you can enjoy it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  5. Autumn thank you... I agree.

    You're welcome Ann thank you.

  6. Wonderful blooms for this time of year. I think the pink blooms that look like roses are camellias. I wish I could grow them down here.

    Have a lovely Christmas and a fantastic 2012.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  7. So marvellous! I like your Christmas cactus a lot!! The white flowers are looking really happy hehehe... The winter flowers and berries are gorgeous!

    Have the most memorable Christmas and enjoy good food, carols and laughter with your family and friends Vetsy!!

  8. Flower Lady you are right... I'm now sure that they are Camellia's because I found a sign on a beautiful white one that had not yet come into bloom.. They happened to have this one posted..It said Japanese Camellia, I can't wait to photograph and share this one.
    Thank you for your help.

    Steph I'm so proud of this Cactus! I hope it's around for a very long time! Thank you..

  9. They are Camelias. I have a wonderful bush growing in my Spartanburg yard:) Mine even sprouted new bushes one to each side of the original one. They are fun to clip right under the bloom and float in a bowl of water ♥

  10. Your Christmas cactus is gorgeous and more original than posting a Christmas tree, which is of course, what I did.

    Can't help with any of the plant names, but can sure appreciate your surprise at seeing bees in December.

  11. Thank you Bev Cannon for sharing that info and joining my blog..Nice to meet you.

    Thanks Linda....and yes being that I'm from up North it was certainly a big surprise to see Bee's in December.

  12. Vetsy girl I also wanted to thank you for visiting my blog so often last year (that sounds funny eh ?) My goodness all these gorgeous plants in December and seeing the bees would have me totally confused too ! haha
    I think your commenters identified the plants for you .. it is almost like another world there !
    We are having weird weather for the GWN .. very mild .. rain .. and I worry for my garden plants not being tucked up in a blanket of snow when the realy COLD temps hit .. but, I can't do anything about it .. BIG sigh ! What happens ... happens ? LOL

  13. That is a pretty bloom color on your holiday cactus. What fun to discover new plants in your new state!

    You asked me about how I keep my holiday cactus alive. I try to get them transplanted out of the thin plastic containers that they come in. The tags say not to let them dry out, but they do get dry before I get them watered most of the time. I put them outside in the shade in the summer.