Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Do angels visit your garden on cold winter nights? Ah yes, they do that sometimes!
It must have happened while I was asleep... if I knew they were coming, I would have stayed up, like a child waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve! I have no idea how they got here, or if in fact, you could have seen their shadow magically moving across the starlit sky. All I know is that when I woke up the other day, I received a gift... roses in a garden sprinkled with frosted sugar! Ah yes, it must have been the angels...

It's hard to believe how lovely my Trumpeter roses are; although dried by now, still holding their vivid summer colors after the amount of snow we have had! This is certainly a joyful sight for me... a vision of hope if you may!

You see, up here where we live, during the winter months our sun rises at about 8:30am, and sets at 4:45pm. When I leave home to go to work is dark, and when I return home is already dark. The sun starts its slow descent like a round apricot in the blue twilight before five o’clock. Early darkness shifts colors, and darkness bears down on us way too soon. So I only get to see my gardens on the weekends. What happens here during the week is sorts of a mystery to me. I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss my 'daylight' home and gardens. So discovering these colorful roses on Saturday was extra special to me! Serendipity, if you ask me, is a happy word. It's your big chance just waiting around the corner!

I like to believe I have an enchanted garden... odd things happen here all the time. On some summer evenings, a strange scent wafts down the air, like a phantom perfume... I have never been able to discover from just what flower it comes. It is elusive and haunting, wonderfully sweet, and just as magical as the shadows you see here on this picture, taken last summer... I like to fancy they're angels passing on a little visit through the garden.

Extraordinary winged friends come down to visit too! True! I had the most beautiful bird visit the garden this Sunday. Was it a hawk with blue feathers? I don’t know. Cooper's Hawks and Sharp-Shinned visit our garden often every winter. They look fairly similar, but this one was particularly lovely. Hauntingly beautiful and so majestic looking... unfortunately, my old camera broke and I need to get lenses for long distance for my new one; so I wasn’t able to get a picture of this lovely bird. Maybe he will come back again real soon? Oh I so hope so!

Ah yes, this is fairy land! We talk with angels, owls, and Marygolds! A little bit childish, perhaps? Certainly, but what would life be without a bit of magic to charm and enchant? Not much, if you ask me! ;) Remember: Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of positive attitudes together with a bit of faith. A "Serendipitous Attitude" if you may! A serendipitious attitude can cause good things to happen... just like magic! The magic comes into play when we realize our lighter approach to life can cause something good and unexpected to happen.

Have a wonderful day, everyone! Update: Wednesday, 7:51 a.m.
Hi friends and hola amigos! Since some of you have emailed me asking me about these roses, I’d like to explain that these are NOT new blooms by any means. No roses could survive our winters here. These are roses from last summer that, for some inexplicable reason, have retained their deep gorgeous red color regardless the amount of snow we have had thus far in the season. The blooms are intact, the petals are intact, and although dried by now, these roses are like gems in the otherwise colorless winter garden. Truly a gift! It amazes me, and I have no explanation for it.


  1. Your post this morning was just what I love.Enchanting words to go with the magical nature of God's world.Perfect!

  2. I love this post! those roses do look like their are in an enchanted world of thier own....beautiful!

  3. The frosted roses are beautiful. I too love roses but am not as talented as you I just have red ones and I don't even know their name........then I have double knockouts.

    Childish no way Happy and interesting and delightful to read yes!! I think those of us who can see through a different happier light are well......blessed. And by blogging about this you are able to share that enchantment with others!

    I too think the word serendipity is such a fun and exciting word!

    Have a great day.

  4. Dearest Cielo,

    Wow, your days are short! Well, here it is from six in the evening dark. Our summer days are not as long as yours but therefore the winters are longer.
    Your roses look so lush, even after the frost, that sure is also the northern climate that they love more.
    As always you write very nicely, from the heart and you know how to captivate the audience!

    Lots of love,

    Mariette's Back to Basics

  5. Oh, I so enjoyed this post. I always look forward to opening a new post from you, with your beautiful flowing language and gorgeous pics

  6. I hope garden fairies visit mine. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Your roses are still gorgeous! Angels, faeries, I believe they all bless our gardens in twilight.

  8. Yes, yes...we are all about angels and fairies at this house. Your roses are glorious with the tinge of frost on them...ours have withered and faded and fallen to the ground...and now lie blanketed with snow. Glad to see you here today. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hugs- Diana

  9. There is magic everywhere if we look for it.

    This winter, there is a cardinal couple living in our Forsythia. Now this wouldn't be magical, except -- at our old house, we always had a "husband and wife" cardinal pair in our Forsythia hedge, and the past two winters I have missed seeing those bright darts of red in the winter landscape.

    I like to believe it just took our former tenants two winters to find us at our new address! Magic.

    Your roses look wonderful; I can't believe you still had blooms so late in the season. Now that IS magic!
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Merry 'Christ'mas, Cielo ~
    Another exquisite romantic elegant share. You are one amazing woman that has such an exquisite way with words. You need to be published, my friend.

    Cielo, it has been such a joy to know you ... you bring such beauty & fantasy to enjoy daily. Thank you for your shares ... & your beautiful friendship, sweet lady.

    Blessings & joys ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  11. Your roses are still lovely, even after all the snow you've had. I would love to have a tube of lipstick in that exact colr. Wouldn't it be pretty for holiday parties?

    Thanks, Cielo, for a lovely post.
    Merry Christmas!

  12. Your roses are beautiful! Magic in the air.

    Happy Holidays, Cielo!


  13. You Home and you garden are Magic place,dearest Cielo!!!

    I like your fantastic mood and you creativity:-)))*

    Wish you fabulous Christmas days and absolutely Happy,Happy new 2011 year!!!

    Much Love to you,cheers,

  14. Hi Cielo,
    I know all about those short days. 9:30 is when it becomes light out and it's dark around 3:30 p.m here. Makes for very long days! You pictures of the roses are beautiful! It's a nice bleep of color in my otherwise very snow covered part of the country. lol.

    Merry Christmas,

  15. Querida Cielo
    O Natal pode e deve ser comemorado com alegria. Mas com alegria na presença do Senhor, Infelismente em muitas das alegrianatalinas, Jesus é o grande ausente.Espero que Jesus esteja presente na festa de Natal de sus vida e de sua familia.

  16. Beautiful pictures!!! It is amazing how these roses still look so beautiful this time of year! A bit of Spring in Winter...how special!
    Merry Christmas,

  17. Dried roses I love(:)
    Merry Christmas my friend..

  18. It does seem like a faerieland, and you're right, it truly is a GIFT.

    Wishing you the joys of the holidays and simple pleasures,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island


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