it was cold on thanksgiving day. today it was warmer, 50 degrees fahrenheit. warm enough for a lone dandelion to be blooming. nature is a determined force capable of simple and magnificent beauty. i would ascribe that to many flowers including the daylily. that would include the gardenia in tonight’s pictures. that gardenia started from a small cutting. a little bit of stem with four leaves topped with a flower in bloom. placed into some dirt it rooted and grew into a large plant. and while it still needs to be taken in from the cold it is no less a determined force in nature.