flowers in winter

6 Jan

london

there is this flowering plant just outside the front door to the block of flats where i live that seem to in bloom the whole year ever since it was first planted. what an amazing plant. or more likely it is getting lots of heat warfing its way from my downstairs neighbour. her outlet pipe for her gas boiler in her bathroom is just near by.

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taken today , we are in january, and just look at this plant. so many flowers. i call it japanese/chinese lanterns but i am sure that is not its name.

the camelias in the communal garden near the bus stop is also blooming, but that is normal for carmelias, they bloom in january. that is why they are my favourite flowers, because just when we are all in dire need of some colour in winter, there it is, bursting with flowers. sometimes when it snows, it can still flower poking its flowers above the snow.

 I got some pork selling for £2/kg. at asda, saw their advert this morning in the daily mail when i was at the library. it is a good buy. though i got one on boxing day that was even cheaper and wish i bought more. ah well, next boxing day haha. that one i have in my freezer now, intact as i will be roasting it. this one i shall cut up into 3 packs and freeze them and eat them pack by pack so i dont have to cook it all at one go.

ah well,  I hope that now the holiday period is over  the prices are coming down. when i was at the self service till, the machine refused to accept 2 of my £1 coins. after repeated slotting in, it accepted one but continued to refuse to accept the other. in the end, the assistant had to go to the manned till and ask for change , and she came back with two 50p coins.

i wonder if the £1 coin is fake. i kept quiet of course because if it is a fake i would be the one to lose out. haha. but the shop assistant did not think so, so maybe i am wrong. i hope there is a way to weed out the fake coins. i think the govt will have to make a new design soon to stop the forgery.

6 Responses to “flowers in winter”

  1. Lottie Nevin Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    If I’m not very much mistaken, that looks like a fuschia to me but I may be wrong – very pretty 🙂

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

      hi lottie, thanks so much for the name of that plant. i looked up google and sure enough there was a picture of fuschia and it is the plant right by the door to my block of flats. one thing i noticed in our googling world, it is difficult to find something in it without knowing what it is. i mean can one put a picture to google it? maybe we can now but i sure dont know how to do it. so it is great that u know the name of the plant. do they grow all winter? or is it just that corner has its own climate from all that heat escaping. fuschia brings to mind a reference to it in gormenghast. the fuschia colour means a red with a tinge of purple. but this plant dont have that colour.

      • Lottie Nevin Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

        i think there are several colours for fuschias – I don’t know a lot about them but my dutch granny used to have loads of them in pots hanging in her garden. they are lovely plants. nice to have some colour in winter too! I’m sure that i once had a lipstick called ‘fuschia pink’!

  2. Garfield Hug Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    I think it id a fuschia too. Gorgeous photo! Amazing that plants are flowering in London when it is cold!!

    • alifesgayventure Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      either that, or it is not really that cold in london, at least where i live in the centre.
      looking at the forecast for today it ranges 9C highest -8C lowest. average is 6C – 3C. it is warm for this time of year.
      i have got used to what others might call cold (, but then i wear warm clothes). for plants, which dont have warm clothes to wear haha, i think it is my downstairs neighbours heat from her central heating boilers that makes this corner so warm. it is nice to be greeted by these cheerful flowers when i come and go from my flat.
      how strange, i have noticed i type fuch-sia,(which is the correct spelling, i separate the word,for this comment, otherwise google will change it.) but google keeps changing it to fuschia.

      • Garfield Hug Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 9:36 am #

        Good for you to keep warm 🙂

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