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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Has Proved Me Wrong!

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."
-  Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926 




We are heading toward the end of April and I must admit it hasn't been too bad! There have been beautiful days to work the earth and throw the windows open. There have also been brisk days but, that's to be expected. The thing I'm so happy about is that April has mostly acted like "normal" April.....no horrible, lingering snow storms.
With April winds blowing and the sun trying desperately to warm the earth, Easter came and went in a flurry of activity. I spent the day enjoying my daughters and their families, eating too much and playing with my camera.
Allison had a lovely bouquet on the coffee table. I couldn't resist using selective color. I tried to crop out a lot of stuff and movement. Next time, I may move things out of the way......the results would be better.....









I'm delighted to say that I received some tulips for Easter. Three pots of 3 different colors. What a nice surprise!


Idgie trying to out do the tulips! 

There is no information with them so I call them tall yellow tulips, medium light pink tulips with dark pink fringe and small yellow tulips with red fringe.......


So pretty and I don't have many spring bulb plants. 



Next month, I'd like to organize a plant swap at my church. I'm excited to share and maybe get something new.....

Here's what I'm grateful for today: May is only a week away!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Heading in the Right Direction

Dear beautiful Spring weather, I miss you. Was it something I said? "Skipper" Kim Corbin

Pulmonaria at it's most beautiful

More Pulmonaria
Forsythia is one of the first to bloom.

Forsythia against my across-the-street neighbors fence.

A wood nymph.....I don't know it's name but think it's a spring bulb gone wild....




More TLC needed

Chinese Lanterns after winter....I love them! 

Brrrr.....it's frozen

Love this millstone

Lordy, it's cold this morning! I spent a couple of hours working on the yard and never warmed up..... The sunshine is deceptive because it's bright and the day looks lovely until you go out in it. The air is raw and cutting.

On a happy note, each day there is more growth. It's exciting! I'd bring a magnifying glass out and lay on the cold ground to check on what is popping up but the neighbors think I'm strange enough!

How about those Chinese Lanterns? They look like lace! So pretty. I like them better than the live ones....

The pic with the millstone shows how much the Bee Balm has spread. Last summer, I made a mental note to move it because it blocks my view of a good piece of the garden when I'm on the patio......It must have read my mind because it has grown huge! Not looking forward to a battle with the runners!

Yesterday, I went to Ocean State Job Lot. It's a chain discount store that buys up lots of things that haven't sold in other stores. It's hit or miss there but they do have a great selection of seeds and plants. I bought two Clematis....one light blue the other pink.....they are already sprouting.....now to keep them healthy until it's warm enough to plant.....They only had bush roses and I want climbing roses so I'll have to go elsewhere. No complaints, really. It'll be fun shopping around for it (them)!

Here's what I'm grateful for today: Easter! A reminder of what my Savior and God did to tear down the curtain that separated us!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GBBD April 2014

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"


Since Spring has barely shown her head here, I was looking at past posts. The next 5 pics are from seasons past and they brought such anticipation to my heart!  
Black-eyed Susans

Native Daylily

Phlox

Bee Balm

Echinachea
These pics were taken yesterday. 


The Irises are bursting from the earth! They grew several inches overnight....


Pulmonaria. I love that the buds are pink and the blossoms blue.

Hollyhocks

Another Pulmonaria. They look like the leaves are saying, "Brrrr!"

Yesterday was a pristine day......77F and a wonderful breeze. The old adage, "If you don't like the weather in New England, wait a minute." is so true. Today is another ugly day....rainy and 60F......but, April is moving along and will be gone in a flash. Before long, my anticipation of glorious blooms will be a reality.

What I'm grateful for today is: This past crazy winter that makes the coming of summer so much sweeter!

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring, Are You REALLY Here?!?

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.  
Hal Borland



Quartz glistening in the sun....

Violets

Mystery plant

Lilac leaves budding


Getting there!

Another mystery....for now.


Honeysuckle

Sedum

Can you see the mini Irises peeking through?

It seems that spring may actually have come to Massachusetts! The last two days have been amazing. It's gotten into the low 70's F and is sunny. What a welcome change in weather! I have to admit I'm a skeptic when it comes to good weather in April but the above quote helped me put it in perspective.......May is around the corner....

I've been able to get out and do some clearing in the gardens. There were and still are, many dead stems and flower heads to be cut back. I leave them for the birds to feed on in the winter so, they greeted me this morning. The same two weeds that are always there, have taken over the big garden once again. At least they're easy to pull.

The one thing I'm undecided about is whether to rake the leaves. I read that the mold from rotting leaves is very good for plant life. Would it be a bad idea to leave them? We are going to put a good layer of aged manure over everything.......I'm thinking it would be ok if I made sure they weren't smothering the new growth.

Thanks to those of you who gave me input about how to repair our pottery. Andy is going to try to repair my cracked pots by putting glue in the cracks and a sinch around each pot and tighten it. Here's to success!

I was very happy to see that the Honeysuckle I transplanted last fall is thriving. It's right under a window so the wonderful fragrance can come in the window. 


There is so much coming up! And still more that is still in the ground. Per usual, I don't remember what a lot of them are so, it's like getting presents!
 Here's what I'm grateful for today: Our wonderful 16 year old grandson, Gabe, who is spending his Saturday helping us with the yard clean up.



Happy Gardening, Flower Freak





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.  ~Ruth Stout

Crocus growing in the lawn. There are only a few left thanks to the moles and squirrels.....

"Here I am girls! Come n get me!" Turkey love is in the air.

Tomatoes, Hollyhocks and Painted Daisies

I'm very excited to say that my new camera takes night shots...

The only word I can think of for the weather today is ugly......it is cold, dark and pouring buckets.

Spring is slow....Crocus is the only thing blooming in my yard right now and because of the rain, it's closed up! However, there is a lot of plant life poking out of the earth.....Iris, Columbine and Hollyhocks to name a few.

Thanks to those of you who gave me advice on purchasing climbing roses. Red roses are my favorites. Pink are a close second. Still looking and researching.......

I know I'm all over the place this morning but, I'm hoping for some advice. I wintered two ceramic pots by emptying them and turning them upside down in the lattice room which is open to the elements. Both of them cracked! Any way can they be permanently repaired and usable? Also, how do you store yours?

Here's what I'm grateful for today: All the little signs that winter is leaving and spring is here.....turkeys lookin' for love, crocus, the birds singing and so much more.

Happy Gardening, Flower Freak