Thursday, January 1, 2009

The First Day of the Year

Today is the first day of the year. It is 70 degrees and a beautiful day. I received my new Burpee Seed Catalog in the mail and I am getting excited for another year in the garden.
So I went out in my garden today to survey the damage from all the cold nights we have had and the rain. Because of the weather and the Holidays, I have neglected my yard so I was a little afraid of what I might find. To my surprise, this is what I found! I ran back into the house to get my camera because I couldn't believe my eyes!

A Purple Bearded Iris making a very pretty show
Beautiful Birds of Paradise everywhere in bloom!Petunias in every color all around

Purple Alyssum

Daisy Bushes

Paper Whites
Pink Hibiscus
Roses everywhere!
Even Charlie the Turtle came out from hibernation and was wishing that spring was here!

Even the boys inside were doing their wish thing for the first day of the year......Happy first day of the Year! May your year be filled with happiness, good health and a beautiful garden!


Neabear said...

Whoa! I can't believe you found all those pretties in your yard. I have to do some serious clean up. Leaves, weeds cropping up from the rain. Yucko. But I guess if I want pretties out there I need to get rid of the uglies. We are having lots of fog and overcast damp cold feeling weather right now. Yuck!

SmilingSally said...

That chicken head on the cat made me laugh. Happy New Year.

Jean said...

I sure pays to ignore the garden for a few days! Beautiful blooms! A very Happy New Year to you and yours! Jean

Darlene said...

I was just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I'm so jealous Ann. It's interesting that you post those Irises. I posted my Foto Friday about my dear MIL and was going to put a background of Irises, but then she also loved humming birds and the birds won.
It's so cold here tonight. I hope all the animals are warm and cozy but I know for a fact that some are not. (
Happy New Year

Paula said...

LOL What a cute post, Miss Ann!! I love the cat with the chicken hat- very clever disguise!!
I too received my Burpee catalog and have been spending the last few cold rainy days dreaming of my upcomong garden!! *squeal*
Everything at your place is gorgeous year 'round!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne, What a lucky lady you are to have so many beautiful blooms in your garden in January. I wish only good things for you in 2009 and it was a pleasure and so much fun meeting your through the swap this past year. I hope you will visit often. xo Lynn

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a scream! I love this post. Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

I love those beautiful flowers, too!



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Your orange and white kitty looks just like my Mr. Alfie who has been gone many years now. He was the best cat ever! And so funny and such a cleanliness nut. LOL! He had the cleanest fur in catdom. ;-) Lived to be Sweet Sixteen. I like your kitty's choice of head gear. LOL!


Sheila :-)

Angela said...

Your flowers are just soooo beautiful! I only wish that I could have some in my yard! The deer love to eat them for a snackie! lol


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