By North Carolina standards, this has been an "icky" winter. Our normal high in January is in the low 50's and we have seen very few days of that so far this year. The sun hasn't been out as much as normal, we had a snowstorm that shut the city down for 3 days a couple weeks ago, and well, I am just itching for spring (it will officially, by the calendar, anyway, be here in 51 days).
It's beautiful here today, partly sunny and I think the temperature went to about 55. This morning I decided it was too nice a day to waste with routine stuff, so I hopped in the car and took a little adventure. We have a beautiful botanical garden in Belmont, NC (about 40 miles from me) and I purchase a membership to the gardens so I can come and go as I wish multiple times each year. I love taking flower pictures and making them into notecards for my friends, and I was sure that a visit with the flowers today would perk me up and help me see that spring isn't that far off. The pictures below are a few of the beautiful orchids on display in the Orchid Conservatory, and you can see the rest of the pictures by clicking here to see my Facebook Album (you don't have to be on FB to see the pics). I'll be back tomorrow with a "hormone" post, in the meantime, enjoy!