Stella and Leonard


“I ache in places where I used to play.”  ~Leonard Cohen~
Call me strange, but over the past few days, the line from this Leonard Cohen song keeps playing in my head.
Hmmm, could it be the amount of shoveling I’ve done??
(Credit Winter Storm Stella)
To give you an idea of the amount, these are the stairs that lead from my front door to my driveway.

Question:
So why in the world do you shovel part of your yard???
Answer:
I have a toy poodle.

And so for now, and for quite a while to come, I will be enjoying a very indoor spring.
It has been a stellar year for my orchids!

Happy day to each of you!  xo.

Categories: Flowers, Here in Hobbitsville, Snow, WinterTags: , , , , , ,

58 comments

  1. lovely photos!
    best regards from Italy

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  2. I can’t even imagine having snow anywhere near my backyard, or my city! Living in the sub-tropics. I understand heat & humidity, but snow?? Definitely not!
    Your orchids are gorgeous, Lisa!!

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  3. That’s a lot of snow!! We were in Texas this year, and only got a sprinkle of ice.
    Whatever the case, I am always happy to see the arrival of spring and the lovely flowers.

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  4. Wow!!! You’ve been getting quite the winters. Thank goodness for beautiful blooming flowers inside. I have african violets and I sure do enjoy them in the dead of winter.
    That’s quite a staircase to your drive…and your orchids are beautiful…

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  5. Beautiful series, great colors and light!

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  6. That is a lot is snow and a lot of stairs. We are away now and it is spring here in Virginia and D.C. I’m sure hoping when I get home at the end of the week all our snow is gone. I must say though, your orchids are quite beautiful.

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  7. I’m sorry I missed this post, dear Lisa. I’m slowly but surely getting back into blogging. Your orchids are simply stunning. Wow, just wow. And what a beautiful place your home is. Snow should be melted by now, and I hope you’re enjoying warmer weather. Happy Spring ❤

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  8. I had no idea you had that much snow. Ours is all gone here on Cape Cod.

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  9. The orchids are so vividly beautiful Lisa! I especially love the speckled one(in the last pic). Yikes re all that snow and I am hoping Spring will smile on you in your neck of the woods soon:-). xx

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  10. Wow! What a lot of snow!! So much snow we havn’t had it in a long time here where I live in Sweden. And now it’s SPRING!! My favourite season ❤
    Beautiful photos of the incredibly beautiful orchid. It was my mother's favorite flower. I always have at least an orchid in my home. Take care!

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  11. I don’t envy you all that snow! The orchids are however just beautiful! Have a terrific weekend Lisa!

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  12. Lisa, our winter has been mostly rain this year, but seeing all your snow is a treat to me as I love the white stuff, although a bit late in the season for so much, it will be nice moisture for your spring flowers and grasses. Your orchids are stunning! I’ve not had luck with the one I once had, and how don’t have the right light. They are nice to enjoy being in bloom for several weeks. Hope the snow is melting, and the orchids still bright and colorful. Yesterday I put out some cosmos flower seeds in the ground…hope they don’t get frosted in the next month. Have a wonderful weekend my friend. xx

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  13. I adore how you give a dark backdrop to your images. Very different and unique! Have a great day. XO Laurie

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  14. Oh my goodness, look at all that snow! you’ve done very well with your shovelling 🙂 Beautiful orchids!

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  15. What a contrast between the deep snow and those colorful orchids! At least you have light for the orchids; I’m envious. That is quite a climb to your driveway. You must have felt buried more than once! So many of our friends have talked about making paths in this winter’s snow for their dogs. One man told me he shoveled a path to keep his dog from walking on snow over the 6 foot fence. Spring is on the way!

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  16. OK, after seeing your steps, I will stop moaning about having to shovel two cars (my daughter being out of town) out of the parking lot after Storm Stella. But I do have to say that your shoveled stairs are lovely, while our parking lot was not! Your orchids have inspired me. I wonder if one would do well on the desk next to the window in my bedroom. I think I will try! A spot of living color there would be so welcome.

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    • They are really very easy to keep, Lee, especially this variety (phalaenopsis), and they predictably bloom for me at least once a year, usually right around January/February. Just when we are starving for color here. Also, the flowers last for a month or more. Definitely try one, and let me know how it goes (or if you have any questions about them). Happy day, my friend! xo.

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  17. I love the progression of “oh dear, look at that snow” to “aaah, look at those amazing orchids!” Wonderful shot, Lisa. I have been getting into revisiting Leonard Cohen lately. Love his last (sadly) album.

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  18. Your orchards are stunning, and wow! What a lot of snow! Sending love from sunny australia 😉 xoxox
    https://seafoaming.com/

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  19. Wow, I’m glad you have your orchids to remind you that spring really will come…someday. Your little dog is lucky to have a caring mom to shovel his/her way. I hope your snow melts soon, Lisa.

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  20. Haha! I thought this would be a love story about Stella and Leonard. Geez that’s a lot of shoveling. Hat’s off. And as always, your images are gorgeous.

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  21. And those are some stella photos of orchids. I hope you enjoy snow, Lisa. Because that’s quite a lot at least later in the season as it’s now (and of course I don’t know how it’s usually around where you are…). Shoveling at least will keep you in shape. 🙂

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  22. Wow – that is a lot of snow! Too much for a poodle (although my two big dogs would love that). Beautiful shots of your orchids.

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  23. Oh em geeeeee! This photo makes me frigidly cold to look at it, yet, it possess such beauty! You might not see that beauty since you’ve been up close and personal with the white stuff! And speaking of beauty….those orchids are stunning. I can’t grow them to save my soul. I don’t blame you for staying inside. Our weather may have broke. Temps are warming this week. Take care and I hope to be back in the blogosphere soon. xoxo

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  24. Whoa that’s a lot of snow! I hope you get some rest after all that shoveling. Lovely images, Lisa 🙂

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  25. Lovely images Lisa – spring is springing in my corner of SW England, we’re awash with daffodils, tulips and crocuses! Hope your spring arrives soon!

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  26. Love the snow atop your birdhouse and the lights that adorn your stairway (more to come on that). The footy prints tell a story and the downward thrust of the shovel to create a straight angle on those snowbanks. Geez, what we do for our dogs! I do the same thing here. Lets just say you’re dedicated to your baby and your physical fitness. Your floral photos are nothing short of being eye dazzling. A suggestion for your stairway… DIY project build a pagoda from top to bottom. Before the snow flies, cover it with tarps. Hope you and your’s are all keeping well.

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  27. Such lovely images Lisa! Sorry spring hasn’t really arrived just yet. We are dealing with a record wettest weather so far. Although, I still don’t mind the daily rain. 😉 such lovely orchids!

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  28. Your orchids are gorgeous Lisa! Shovelling snow is a completely foreign concept to us but I can only imagine it would be hard work – especially on the shoulders and back.

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  29. We have shoveled ” Boston Marathon trails” in the back yard. A sweet memory and needed. Your front stairs would overwhelm me….still so pretty. And I love the orchids….you are always such an encourager….💕

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  30. Wow! That’s a lot of snow! I hope sure your toy poodle appreciated your shoveling.

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  31. Your orchids are stunning Lisa!

    It looks like you guys got more snow than we did. We may have got 2 feet but it changed from snow to rain and packed down hard. It is still frozen solid out there! I am sore too. Jim was coming home from work around 1pm in the eye of the storm. I was so nervous for him with the whiteouts and was out there shoveling the driveway so he could get in it. My neighbors must have thought I was nuts being out there!

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    • Val, we got about 38 inches. They say it was the largest snowfall in the shortest period of time (about 10 hours) for this area, in the history of weather record keeping. That’s saying a lot, since this IS NY, and we do have some tough winters. I heard about the ice in MA. My brother lives in the same general area as you and lost power for 16 hours. My son, in Boston, had almost no snow, but a lot of rain, and then horrible icing. Wouldn’t mind at all if it were Christmas, but this is a bit late in the season. 😦

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  32. What an amazing amount of snow you have! Love that first shot. How’s your back?! Wonderful orchids and so many different ones. I especially like the pale pink and the yellow-green ones.

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  33. Dear Lisa, what a amount of snow!!! But it brought you beautiful photo’s. Your orchids are so lovely and so great captured.
    I hope for you the snow will be melted soon and spring will come into your garden.
    Have a wonderful weekend dear friend.
    Rosehugs Marijke

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  34. Oh wow! we’re on the 85’s degrees already! I wish you could lend us a little cool air. And love the Phalaenopsis. I have the yellow-greenish one. 😀 Btw, how do we take care of them? how often do you water them?

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    • Oh, what I wouldn’t give for some of that 85 degrees!!! 🙂 At 9 degrees right now, I have plenty of cool air to lend you.
      Phalaenopsis orchids really require very little care. In the winter, I water them once every other week, and in the summer once a week. They like to be pot-bound, and they do not like a lot of direct sunlight. I never cut the spikes back after they bloom, because sometimes a secondary spike will form on the old one. I think that’s about it, but if you ever have any questions, just email me (contact link above), and if I can help, I surely will.

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  35. oh boy! all those steps! You took some great shots of them, though – and I love your flowers!

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  36. Those orchids are gorgeous! I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll say it again…. I would never make it farther north! Brrrrr!!

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  37. In the midst of winter, there are orchids. Magnificent.
    Those steps! Oh, My, what a great shot.
    Toy poodle? I must see! Now!
    Where do you live? xx

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  38. Oh my word, really a lot of snow !!!

    As for your orchids, they’re truly gorgeous, outstanding, enjoy your ‘Spring indoor’, darling Linda, even if Spring is just around the corner for you too !

    Wishing you a joyous day,
    sending much love to you, cherished friend

    XOXO Dany

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  39. LOL re the pup – I remember those days! No snow here thank goodness but much colder than the rest of the winter until now. Hope spring is springing soon!

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  40. What gorgeous Orchids!! Happy weekend Lisa!

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  41. You all really got hit with this one, but at least the orchids are singing! Lovely.

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  42. OMG, Lisa,
    such al lot of snow in your yard. Onthe one hand it’s amazing, otherwise a bit late for bitter Wintertime.
    You did a very good choice with this beautiful, pretty, lovely orchids.
    Here the Springtime is just around the corner. Our bees are outside and that means, Springtime has arrived.
    Stay safe ! Warm regards, Synnöve

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  43. Beautiful Lisa, I love the blinding snow, and the beauty of flowers.

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  44. oh lisa – a snow blower would not even help you with those stairs, they must be shoveled by hand. you got a tremendous amount of snow, perhaps you received all of ours!!! that is going to take forever to melt!! your orchids are gorgeous, i remember you telling me that you had many, i like the variety of colors!!

    i wonder if you have gotten out yet??

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    • We actually have a plow for the snow, but you’re exactly right in that the plow cannot do everything. In fact, not much other than the driveway. There was a travel ban until mid-day yesterday, so today will actually be my first day out in the car since Monday. Yup, I’m thinking forever for the melting too. 😦

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  45. gorgeous blooms and a dof mama who cares! those steps tho .. wowza

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  46. *Gorgeous* – the whole lot. Your front steps to the drive look really pretty (even though I can fully appreciate the aches and pains you must have now) and I love the tropical contrast of the exotic orchids indoors. It’s Aspen outside / Bali inside. 🙂 🙂

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    • Jayne~~
      If you get a moment, go up to my “Contact” link (top of the page here), and send me your email address(?). I thought I had it but cannot seem to find it. Just wanted to drop you a line. It’s been sooooo long.

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  47. Oh my, reminds me of days at our cabin in the Sierra Mountains and the wall of snow on each side of the highway. It is pretty for a day or two but I love to see green after that. Whoever shoveled those steps bless them. Quite the job.

    I find orchids really hard to photograph but you have done them to their justice. Have fun inside and hope Spring will be right around the corner for you.

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  48. Looking at all that snow, my muscles are aching in sympathy for you. Rest up, Lisa.

    Those orchids are beautiful.

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