Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Christmas Water Lily?

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I've heard of a Christmas Cactus, but never a Christmas Water Lily. This morning when I went outside to refill the bird feeders I was very surprised to see my water lily, Texas Dawn, blooming in my container water garden.

Perhaps the heater in the container garden -- that is meant to keep the water from freezing overnight in winter -- is tricking my lily into 'thinking' it's living in some kind of strange tropical paradise even when the air is rather chilly at night. Or maybe it's just that we're having unseasonably warm weather here in Austin. *shrug*

It was a nice surprise at any rate. What sorts of surprises did you receive this Christmas Day?

"Those virgin lilies, all the night
Bathing their beauties in the lake,
That they may rise more fresh and bright,
When their beloved sun's awake." -
Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri

Merry Christmas to All!

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Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh Dawn, what a beautiful surprise in the garden.

My garden has no such beauties in it. I will have to wait until spring thaw.

kattz*cottage said...

Hi Dawn!
What a nice surprise to find a lovely lily on Christmas morning! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!


Anonymous said...

That IS a lovely surprise. That seems as unusual as my errant bluebonnet.

When I walked outside this morning I thought we must have had a really hard freeze last night. But apparently it hovered right at freezing and it was just that some moisture in the air provided a bit of frost on the car windshield and on all the plants and grass.

Anonymous said...

That IS a surprise, Dawn. My own container water lilies are nearly dormant, just a few mottled, yellow leaves still resting on the surface. Your Xmas surprise is a real treat.

Mary said...

Oh, Dawn. I'm so late. Merry Christmas!

I had water lilies blooming two weeks ago when the temps rose to near 80 degrees. They are mush now. No hope for another bloom until spring. That's a great Christmas surprise!

Annie in Austin said...

Wow, Dawn - it still looks like summer in this photo! My garden went from green to brown some time ago... thank heavens for pansies and the window plants ;-]

I'm trying to catch up after being away - your Aunt's cards are a wonderful heritage - and your house looks just beautiful.

Happy 2008~

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Anonymous said...

Christmas Water Lily. That's beautiful.

Ewa said...

At Christmas... a water lily... blooming... what a surpise!
Happy New Year 2008.

Libbys Blog said...

Everything seems topsy turvy nowadays, but what a lovely treat!

Dawn said...

Hi Lisa at Greenbow,
It didn't last long, but it was a magical surprise. I hope you had a lovely holiday.

Hello Kathy!
We had a nice relaxing holiday for the most part, thank you. I hope yours was pleasant as well. :-)

Dear Pam,
I must give all the credit to the super-duper heater in my fish pond. I was checking on the fish when the weather was in the '20's and I swear if they could have they would have been sing 'Octopus's Garden' Lyrics: "we are so warm, below the storm In our little hideaway beneath the waves...". ;-) Hopefully they'll survive the winter without freezing or frying.

Hi Mary!
Now the weather is warm again here too. Very strange temperatures indeed. Happy 2008 at any rate!

Hello Annie!
The panies in my hanging basket got mushy when the 20ies hit them. I'm hoping to revive them, but have my doubts. I hope you're doing okay. You've certainly been in my thoughts. Let me know if you'd like to have tea or something. Quinn goes back to school tomorrow. {{{hugs}}}

Thanks Jay!
Hope 2008 brings you a year of beautiful gardening! :-)

Hello Ewa!
Thanks for dropping by! It's wonderful to get a nice surprise for the holidays or anytime. Happy 2008 to you as well.

Dear Libby
I agree with you about the topsy turvy weather. Still, I hope all of your surprises -- topsy, turvy & otherwise -- are only pleasant this year.

Cheers & Good Wishes to All,