It's been a little weird to see flowers continuing to bloom right through winter here. Having lived in places with serious winters, like Alaska and Maine, I am not used to having outdoor flowers alongside the Christmas decorations. It's been 20 years since I spent a mild winter in Portland, Oregon, so I've forgotten what it was like :-)
This little yellow flower is in one of the many flower boxes and pots that out neighbor has around the shared deck. The light was hitting it as we went out yesterday and it looked so dazzling that I stopped and took a picture.
As we crossed the street, I noticed again that the rose bush on the corner was still blooming, too.
There are flowers in planters, window boxes and front gardens in spite of the nights that have been characterized as "bitterly" cold, the storm that blew through last week, and some frost. They look so delicate, but must be pretty strong and sturdy to keep on blooming anyway. Isn't Mother Earth a marvel?