One of the sadder things about winter here is the disappearance of flowers. After the leaves have changed colour and fallen off the trees, the world is much drabber. And if the snow has not fallen, there's not even the splendour of sunlight on a white landscape with a blue sky as a backdrop.
Except...except people fight back with flowers in windows. These geraniums were peeking out from a window in le Vieux Québec the last time we were there. A brave and cheering sight.