Yesterday was the winter solstice, so one of the best holiday presents of all, the gift of lengthening days, has already been delivered.
I’ll take that over new socks any day. Huzzah!


I’ve gift-wrapped AGO in some images from 2012, a small attempt to thank the readers and bloggers who’ve made 2012 such a blast.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday.

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12 Responses to gift-wrapped

  1. And a very happy holiday back to you Denise! I count myself as very lucky that I got to meet you in March, have you visit my garden in July, and have several lovely plants here in my “garden” (the basement for winter counts as a garden right?) thanks to your kindness.

  2. Kris P says:

    Denise, I discovered your blog several months ago and thought it was an appropriate time to surface and tell you how much I’ve enjoyed it. Your location appears to be close to the home we moved into 2 years ago this week so I’m learning from your plant choices. I credit you and a few other bloggers in sponsoring my new interest in agaves. Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas.

  3. hoov says:

    Your blog made my year a little more beautiful. Thanks! Happy Holidays back atcha.

  4. gardenbug says:

    What a lovely grouping of blooms and felines! It startled me and instantly soothed anxieties. Thanks Denise! Enjoy the light! (You can enjoy cozy socks too though…)

  5. Sue says:

    I can’t think of too many things I’d rather have than longer days. Toasting a fun and fabulous 2012 and hoping for more of the same in the year to come. Happy Holidays Denise!

  6. Are all these photos from your garden? Lovely.
    The cat? Is he/she the guardian of the space or just an eager assistant? 😉

    I am glad that I haven’t had any snow cramp my winter garden explorations. It’s cold but no snow. My roses are looking good and so are all of the other flowers. In fact, my hibiscus wants more water.

    I’m glad you have so many things thriving in your garden. Merry Christmas and a fruitful garden for 2013.

  7. Linda says:

    Happy longer days and holidays! Don’t miss BBC4 ‘Borgen’ another Danish one!!!

  8. My heart is glad for longer days, lovely blooms, and random kitty pictures. Happy holidays, Denise!

  9. reuben says:

    I wished for a new gravatar image but it didn’t happen, Denise. So enjoy my toothy wishes for fabulous holiday!

  10. Denise says:

    Wonderful to see so many friends checking in!
    @Loree, I hope we can meet at least as many times in 2013. I’m looking forward to reading about those garden changes you’re contemplating.
    @Kris, so nice of you to surface. There are quite a few of us agave peddlers now!
    @Hoov, I bet 2013 is the year Boris & Natasha stop chewing the baseboards, wait and see!
    @’bug, the little brown one Newt is with us no more, which is why I wanted to included her here. I know your holiday plans changed at the last minute, but it’s guaranteed to be a raucous, joyous holiday with your clan.
    @Sue, I’m hoping we get to toast 2013 in person sometime this summer.
    @Lisa, these are not photos from December, just some from the blog this year. We’re down to just two feline guardians now. Good to hear your garden is holding up in December. Stay warm!
    @Linda, thanks so much for the tip on Borgen. I rely on your input!
    @Jane, happiest holidays to you too.
    @Reuben, I’m so very glad you’ve got that important business behind you now. Wishing you all the strength you need for fresh adventures.

  11. David says:

    Merry Christmas, Denise!
    Have a wonderful new year and may 2013 bring you many gardening adventures.
    Yes, I am already happy about the longer days as well.
    Your gardening friend in Houston,

  12. Hi Denise, I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas. The photo collage is gorgeous. Love the kitty too. Here’s to lengthening days and a fabulous 2013.

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