I yearn for warmer weather as a reason to be outside? Am I trapped
inside due to lack of bloom? No, the weather outside has been quite
warm. I could be out there now as there are hours of clean up work to be
done and the pansies are blooming to beat the band. WHAT is missing?
I’ll tell you what it
is for me. It’s the joy of seeing old friends coming back. Not to
mention the joy of finding if last year's additions made it through the
winter. I go from spot to spot daily. Who’s up? What all did I add
last year? Where did I put that new Hosta? Did that new ground cover
bloom in ‘BLUE’ as advertised? I scan the yard for any signs of
color. They’re here!! Purple, white, pink, coral, and yellow delicate
petals start to unfold.
he comes home from work, I drag my husband to see them (some of them for
3 years in a row now!) I chatter "remember this, remember that,
remember when, remember how...?" I can’t help myself, even though
I know he couldn’t have forgotten in 4 short years?
a late freeze is forecast, I rush to wrap my friends in blankets. (I
found out the hard way my 2nd year that my azaleas and hydrangeas on the
North side of my house can't handle the cold any better than I.) Then I
must make sure they are uncovered before the heat of the next day harms
I catch myself moving mulch around
to find out if it will be much longer for the late arrivals. I find
their rosy tips reaching up, smile and cover them. This is Spring to me,
my friends coming back. They bloom, (say hello) multiply, (have babies)
scent the air (sing music for my heart) and they MOTIVATE me to do
could have too many friends? Here are some more pictures of some of my
I have the regular type
of forsythia. My only local gardening pal gave me four sticks with a few
roots going on three years ago. She had started them from her bush. I
planted them and three made it. They only had three to four flowers on
them last year but they made it!!
there were the years I spent digging up what I thought was a wild onion.
It turned out to be a beautiful flowering Allium. Here's what they would
have looked like if I hadn't pulled them out.
Here's what they would have looked
like if I hadn't kept trying to dig them up! Yes, it's true, I was
a wicked step-gardener!
But I have learned, and
continue to learn every day. As I work my patch of ground, I discover a
new joy of growing every day.
|Wish me luck on my hosta
from seed! I have to zip over to Indoor
Gardening to learn how to start seeds indoors!
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