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May 7, 2011

Earth and Efflorescence

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I’ve been rather alliterative this week! Well, okay, I only wrote three posts this week, but still! 

I spent this Saturday morning as I spend most Saturday mornings –  drinking coffee and reading Twitter on my iPod while I eat my breakfast.  My usual M.O. after finishing breakfast is to bring the cup of coffee to the computer and catch up on the blogs.  This particular morning, the sunshine was calling me outside… for yardwork.  I did do some blog reading this morning, but by 10:30, I found myself outside to deal with this:

This is the area for my veggie garden, untouched since last fall when I plucked the last tomatoes and peppers.  Some years I have left the entire ordeal of cleaning and prepping the garden for the same weekend as planting.  And I have paid dearly with back pain.  I am trying to be a smarter 40-something-year-old this year.  Two and a half hours later, this is what it looked like:

Raked, pulled, weeded, hoed.  Not completely ready for veggies in a few weeks – I’ll still need to amend my soil – but much better. 

After a quick thundershower and some doing of other errands, I remembered there were more spring arrivals outside to share.  First, the ones I love to fill my lungs with each time I go to my car, lilacs:


I wish someone would hurry up and invent smell-o-net for beauties like these!  I was a little disappointed with the light outside; at the hour I was out there it should have been lovely.  All of a sudden, it seemed like the universe was listening to me:

Hello! It's me!

Hi there!  It’s me! The sun peeped out under the clouds, just enough for this pretty light to show:

Newly arrived in the yard this week, in addition to the lilacs, are the sweet little bleeding hearts.

pink bleeding hearts

white bleeding hearts

I think these could be my next extension tube subjects if I get a sunny day with not too much wind soon.

Now that it finally looks like spring outside, Scott’s 4-season assignment has been on my mind too!  I’m hoping to get over to the location I selected for that tomorrow; be sure to get your shot soon too! 32 school days until summer!


  1. I can’t believe you did all that in just 2 1/2 hours… It would have taken me 2 hours just to decide where to move that bucket too… I guess that’s why I’m relegated to just cutting the grass eh !!!… 😉
    Real nice collection of pink things too, but I can’t help but think that your bleeding hearts look more like some pink 60’s hairstyle… lol… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — May 8, 2011 @ 5:32 am | Reply

    • I cut the grass too, LOL! Did that on Friday.
      Haa! You are right – the hearts do look like a funky 60′s do!

      Comment by Karma — May 8, 2011 @ 9:35 am | Reply

  2. Wow, looks so much better now 🙂 Love your flowers, too, and can almost smell the lilac.
    As for the 60’s do…. I wouldn’t know, I’m not old enough 😉

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 8, 2011 @ 11:16 am | Reply

    • It’s getting there. I post another pic after Memorial Day weekend.
      LOL, Michaela – I think I’ve seen pictures of my mom with a do like that.

      Comment by Karma — May 8, 2011 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  3. Wouldn’t it be great if we could have some sort of scratch-n-sniff monitor?? 🙂 Those flowers are gorgeous, and I love those bleeding hearts! My parents have bleeding hearts in their back yard, and I’m just waiting for them to bloom so I can get over there and shoot them.

    Comment by Photo By Holly — May 9, 2011 @ 8:56 am | Reply

    • Scratch & sniff monitors would be perfect, LOL. I think bleeding hearts are adorable, and I’ve been able to count on mine as a big, beautiful, steady bloomer for years now.

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  4. What loveliness and I can imagine the smells. 🙂 I worked on my 4-season project over the weekend as well. Thanks for the linkback!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 9, 2011 @ 10:51 am | Reply

    • I don’t know if there is a better smell at this time of the year.
      Sure thing – I thought doing the “spring” installment now while the leaves are budding, before they look like summertime, would be a good idea.

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  5. Sometimes it takes a few years for us to learn, huh? You did a great job clearing out the garden! Hubby and I got REALLY smart this year and decided to hire a landscaper to clean out our garden beds and spread the 18 yards of cedar mulch. Good thing we did because there is no way he and I could have done it with my broken foot. I watched the crew, and what typically would take us two solid weekends to accomplish, they did in less than a day. In credible!

    I, like you, are so happy to see the garden come back to life! Long gone are the painful memories of this winter and now I can look forward to the delights of summer! Just today, I got a whiff of the lilacs as they are just starting to pop. Your shots of the flowers are lovely!

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 9, 2011 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Tracy. Better to learn a lesson later in life than to never learn them at all, right?
      18 yards? Oh my goodness! That’s a lot of mulch!
      I can feel a lightness coming back to my step now that the winter winds are gone, my feet are in sandals, and the days until summer break are counting down!

      Comment by Karma — May 9, 2011 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  6. Your flowers are all so beautiful. And your garden looks good, nice and roomy. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — May 10, 2011 @ 10:16 am | Reply

    • Thanks Robin, its nice that it finally feels like spring! I can’t wait until its time to get in dirt and plant veggies.

      Comment by Karma — May 10, 2011 @ 10:43 am | Reply

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