Winter flowers

Some call it “dark December,” the month with the longest nights and the shortest days. At the coming winter solstice, only about nine hours and five minutes of sun will shine down on us.
Yet, while it is the darkest month, December has become in a way the brightest as people bespangle their houses, trees and yards to share the celebration of the holidays with their neighbors.
Like so many gardens of light, December’s displays brighten the eyes and warm hearts of young and old — not to mention the power company executives.