People were told not to travel to Stonehenge to watch sunset/sunrise on the Winter Solstice this year, but English Heritage (who look after the site) set up a live feed on their Facebook page so that everyone around the world could share in the event.
So this morning, five minutes after sunrise (oops), I tuned in to see this:
Yes, as you can see, it was a murky morning, with no chance of sun. Never fear, the solstice happens regardless of weather, so it is still the shortest day for the northern hemisphere and we can look forward to more daylight from now on, hurray!
On to other celestial events, it’s been raining most of the day, so sadly there is not going to be a sighting, for me, of the Great (Jupiter/Saturn) Conjunction 2020 tonight either (although again the event is being broadcast live e.g. here). Maybe you’ve been lucky?
So, let’s forget about all that and enjoy a nice vase of flowers. I am joining Cathy for her weekly meme. Check out her blog, RamblingintheGarden, for her most recent post.
Here’s my vase (displayed with some homemade hazelnut star biscuits – first attempt today 😉 ) :
The flower arrangement is based around spikes of that wonderfully furry salvia, salvia leucantha, which are still flowering happily in the greenhouse. The matching furry, backing foliage is phlomis fruticosa. I’ve picked a couple of the very last roses in the garden for contrast and a stem of a beautiful, crimson kaffir lily, Hesperantha coccinea.
Erigeron annuus is the daisy scattered about the vase and there are added purple and blue tones from a last larkspur flower, a protected Salvia ‘Amistad’ plant and a blue clary sage from the border.
Around the neck I’ve placed a few leaves of heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’.
However, I’ll leave you with a last, haunting view from Stonehenge from this morning:
Fingers-crossed that we are turning a corner all round. Take care all!