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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Snowing in Denver but it is still Spring in my heart

I took these two garden photos this past weekend in the garden of my good friend and walking partner, Bonnie. Who would believe that a day later a blizzard would be the order of the day? This is not my usual topic for this blog but I just felt called to share a little sunshine amid the frigid temperatures we are now experiencing. I did cover my hellebores before the storm hit. Not sure that it was necessary as they are one of the early bloomers like crocus, but I did not want to take a chance. We often see crocus still poking their heads out through snow but I could not remember if hellebores could take snow and frigid tems or not. The forsythia on the other hand are looking frozen. Darn it, as mine was just in the middle of its beauty cycle.
Hellebore, also called Lenten Rose
Mule deer taken a siesta outside my office building on Lowry last week
The mule deer, and we have noted there are two distinct herds, are now hanging out around our campus. This is the smaller of the two herds and mostly young deer. We can only surmise what has brought them to Lowry as none of us at work are experts on mule deer, but I am guessing it may have something to do with the drought. Not that there is much to eat here either, but it must be enough if we have two herds showing up on a regular basis. Seeing the deer outside our window sure does lift the spirits of us all no matter what the reason is for their camping out on our lawn. This is right outside the break room, too.
Phaleanopsis, flowered at work
Last but not least, I have to show off the orchid that bloomed in my cubicle. The plant was given to me by a friend who was going to throw it away - she had inherited a bunch of houseplants from a relative that was moving out of town and she wanted nothing to do with them. Either I take them or in the trash they would go. And lo and behold, about 6 months later it throws out a stem and 8 blossoms later here it is.

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