Sunday, 25 December 2011

My blooming best to you for Christmas

In my travels, I found some blooms to share with you for Christmas. 
The Botanic Gardens at Ballarat had some stunning seasonal displays resplendent in red and white.
There was also a collection of the most lovely fuchsias which remind me of tiny, colourful ballerinas, their long legs daintily dangling below ruffled tutus!
Because we have been busily travelling and visiting family, it has been trickier for me this year to focus on Christmas as the celebration of the birth of Christ.
But in church this morning, we sang 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing', as so many will have done this day, all over the world. The words of this hymn were written over 250 years ago by Charles Wesley and struck me afresh today, as they speak so richly of Jesus' birth and significance.
Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
I hope you have a very happy Christmas with precious family and friends. With best wishes, Bloom x 


  1. A very Merry Christmas! And a Blessed day to you and yours!

  2. I love the blooms you have shared! Merry Christmas~

  3. Love and best wishes to you and yours Ros, and all the best for 2012. x x

  4. Absolutely stunning photos!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  5. Christmas Blessings to you and your family. Hope you all enjoyed a lovely time together.....gorgeous blooms and profound words! (i enjoyed playing this song on the flute yesterday for church)

  6. Gorgeous Ros...hope you all had a pefect day yesterday...Happy 2012....

  7. Gorgeous blooms, Bloom! I am lucky enough to live just a street away from the Ballarat Bot Gardens. It's gorgeous - especially with the extra rain we've had - and isn't the lake looking splendid. Thank you for sharing your year with us - I hope 2012 is even better.

  8. Gorgeous pics!
    Hope you and your family have had a wonderful christmas!!

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Glad the blogging friends didn't turn out to be axe murderers!!! I love attending church at Christmas time and joining in the singing of all the wonderful Christmas hymns.

  10. Thank you for the beautiful bloom pictures! As a misplaced gardener in a brand new climate - I appreciate your flower pictures SO MUCH! I hope 2012 brings as much joy to you as you bring to all of us through your blog - THANK YOU!!

  11. Thanks for the colorful, beauties of the garden pictures. My eyes are starved for color because I live where it is either brown or snow covered at this time of year! Wonderful eye candy. . .almost as good as fabric! ;)

  12. A great Reason to Celebrate and thanks for sharing the photos and sentimsnts.

  13. Lovely fuchsias. I noticed the ones I have been pruning tips from along the front porch are about to burst into bloom. when the weather is bearable outside I must take photos.

  14. Your flowers on the pictures are just fantastic (we have so little sun here in Russia these days)...
    Happy New Year!

  15. Thanks for sharing some blooms for Christmas.


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