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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:

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.

May 15, 2011

And the rain, rain, rain, came down, down, down

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This is what it feels like here today, so I thought to myself, “Self, how about taking some pictures of all the plants you bought at the garden center yesterday?  Good idea, Self.  That is certainly more cheerful than pouring rain.”

Every May, I make a trip to my local garden center, 16 Acres Garden Center, to stock up on veggies, herbs, annuals, and usually a couple perennials to add to my gardens and landscape.  Years ago, when my mother still lived in the area, my mother and I, and sometimes my sister, would make what we called the annual “pilgrimage” to 16 Acres to spend gift certificates.  Now the trip is usually just me, but I look forward to it each year.  This is my take for this year:

veggies & herbs

Tomatoes, jalepenos, cucumbers, zucchini, basil and parsley are pictured here.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the other hot peppers that I want in stock.  I’ll still be on the lookout for cayennes and thai dragons.

annuals

This tray contains some filler items for my containers like the spike in the back, and the ivy in the front, marigolds for the border of my garden, a bee balm perennial plant (supposedly hummingbirds love them), and some snapdragons.  Garden tip: I plant marigolds along my garden fence to help discourage critters from being attracted to my veggies; many critters don’t like the smell.  To further discourage exploration of my vegetables, I plant the hot peppers just inside the garden fence.  This combination has been working for me for many years now.  Give it a try if you have critter issues.  Even if you don’t like hot peppers, you could make some hot sauce or salsa with them or give them away to your neighbors who do like them.  Or if you are local, you could give them to me! 😉

I thought some of the other lovely specimens I purchased yesterday deserved their own photos.  Even though there is not much sunshine to be had today, I found a nice little protected spot near my front step to set up these shots.  The use of the nifty-fifty lens gave me plenty of light and a pretty focus.

dwarf dahlia

Dwarf dahlia

dianthus

Dianthus

verbena

Verbena

geranium

Geranium.  I know one of our blogging friends says she doesn’t like geranium, but I think maybe even Tracy might have to admit this one is kind of pretty, maybe Tracy?

columbine

In addition to the bee balm, this is the other perennial I bought this year – columbine.  I was reminded of columbine in this lovely post of Robin’s.  Robin hadn’t seen columbines before and was really taken by them – so much so they are in her current blog header.  I have a few columbine around the yard, but don’t really get a ton of blooms.  I also have some kind of strange looking double columbine (click to see my Flickr photo), but I don’t find them as photogenic as the traditional single blooms.

I’ll still need a few more purchases to complete my plant shopping for this spring, but yesterday was a good start.  If anyone local spies those peppers I’m looking for please let me know!  I also have my eyes out for a trumpet vine; I’d be happy for a suggestion of a place to find one.