There's that saying to "keep Christmas in your heart all year through," and I like to keep one or two "decorations" up all year for that reason. This year, despite my one decoration, it involves a deep red amaryllis plant that is top heavy with three big blooms, and was sent to me at Christmastime from my good friend Cathy Kimpel of sunny San Diego, CA. When it began sprouting, this bombastic blooming plant seemed to grow overnight...by inches. I'm not sure if it should have "sprouted" in December, but it certainly did this month...the month of love, so it suits either occasion just fine.
You cannot tell from the photo that these particular flowers are as big as my head and really quite beautiful and bring joy during these cold days of winter. The forecast is snow tomorrow and schools are already closed without one flake hitting the ground yet.
So these Christmas blooms, or Valentine's blooms, make everything seem brighter; and I am grateful for that!