Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

May 30, 2011

Mama’s Bounty

A wise woman once said, “All weekends should be three-day weekends; then you’d have a day for running errands and chores, a day for socializing and a day to yourself to do whatever you want or nothing at all.”  I may be paraphrasing a bit, but the wise woman is my sister and I couldn’t agree more!  Thanks to the wonderful servicemen and women of this country who gave their lives for us, we are able to celebrate this three-day holiday weekend.  I got to thinking about all the things I am appreciative for this three-day weekend and thought I’d share my appreciation with you.

I am appreciative that I was able to get my veggie garden planted with a minimum of back pain.  I finished off that garden today by planting my little sentry row of critter-guarding marigolds:

 the marigold guard

I am appreciative of the warm weather that we have been granted after very wet spring.  It allowed me to continue my planting frenzy this weekend.  In addition to the veggies and marigolds, I planted all of my containers of flowers.  A sampling:

 hanging plants

(I can’t take credit for that top one – that was my mother’s day gift from hubby._

new guinea impatiens

New guinea impatiens in my whiskey barrel

I put the bee balm that I bought for the hummingbirds in the ground near the butterfly bushes and fuchsia, and I found a spot in one of my flower beds for the new columbine:


I am appreciative for my home, my family and my friends.  As I’ve enjoyed my yard, and having my hands in the dirt this weekend, I’ve taken a good look around.  As appreciative as I am that we are past the long, harsh winter that Mama Nature had us endure this year, I couldn’t help but feel she was making up for it with an absolute bounty of beauty this spring.  Remember all those wonderful lilacs I showed you?  Now in bountiful bloom I’m enjoying both my rhododendron and my irises; I don’t remember such huge displays last year:

overflowing rhododendron

bountiful irises

Looks like I’m also going to have plenty of rosebuds:

rose buds

and that the chipmunks are going to have plenty of strawberries:

strawberry buds

( Lord knows I never get any of them!  Really need to get around to moving these one of these years)

While they are not bountiful yet, the very first of my peonies opened too! 
first peony

So thank you Mama Nature, thank you fallen soldiers, and thank you blogging friends; you are all appreciated.


  1. Beautiful photos! We’ve been enjoying a bumper crop of strawberries for over a week now. So delicious!!! We have had way more than the 3 of us could ever consume, so we’ve been passing them out by the tupperware-ful to my parents and our grateful neighbors. Yum, yum, yum!!! My peonies are all gone, but I enjoy looking at yours!

    Comment by Andrea — May 30, 2011 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  2. Yep, that’s pretty much exactly how I say it! 🙂

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — May 30, 2011 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  3. this is a beautiful post, Karen. I feel appreciative just reading it and looking at the photos. I hope the chipmunks leave a FEW strawberries for you. Doesn’t it feel good to sit in thankfulness and gratitude for awhile?

    Comment by Kathy — May 30, 2011 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. It does feel good – especially after the recent events of this area. See my most recent post for more information.

      Comment by Karma — June 3, 2011 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  4. STRAWBERRIES!!!! I’m on my way! 😉
    The peonies are so pretty, and I love columbines, too.

    I totally agree on the 3-day week-ends!

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 31, 2011 @ 9:10 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela – but I have the feeling the critters will beat you to the strawberries!

      Comment by Karma — June 3, 2011 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  5. Critter guarding marigolds eh !?!?…. Ah-HA !!… So not ALL flowers are sweet and fluffy then eh ??…. 😉
    Looks like you’re going to have quite the year in the garden, but I personally feel sorry for all the critters now… lol…

    Comment by FS Photography — May 31, 2011 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

    • It is true! The marigold is a stinky beast with the powers to help keep critters away with their odiferousness!

      Comment by Karma — June 3, 2011 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

  6. Beautiful post, Karma. Your flowers are beautiful. I especially love the columbine. What great flowers they are!

    I found our first peonies blooming today. They’re not full-out yet, but they’re getting there. We also saw our first chipmunk yesterday. We don’t usually see them near the house since there is so much wilderness out there for them. I suspect this little guy or gal is the one who ate a couple of our tulip bulbs in the early spring. I’m told the tulip bulbs are not particularly tasty which may explain why only a few were missing.

    Comment by Robin — May 31, 2011 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  7. You got a lot of work done! I worked all day in the yard too…all 3 days. I agree we need 3 day weekends every week! 🙂

    Comment by Dawn — May 31, 2011 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  8. Your yard is so bountiful! I love it!

    Comment by Becky Sue — June 15, 2011 @ 9:01 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Say hello! Tell me your thoughts! I'd love to read them!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: