Mar 25, 2014

Random Acts of Spring...

We had the most lovely
Spring Weekend...
 
It is just nice to say
"Spring Weekend"  Isn't it?
 

today the grey skies returned...
 


the rain...
 


but,  frankly that's o.k.
 
the garden is thirsty,
and I am a little achy...
 


 
I do think the rain is beautiful...
 

 
today,
as the dogs had a run around
the garden....
 
I picked a handful
of Muscari...
 

 
 
 
my Mr. brought home
a couple bundles of Daffodils...
 
since they grow them commercially
in my valley...
 
you can often find kids selling bundles,
a little like
Spring Lemonade stands...
 

 
I brought out
some Spring decorations,
to start arranging...
 

 
Daisy,  Iris and Randy
had the best idea...
 
a snuggly lazy nap...
 

 
all in all it was just a random day,
sometimes they are the most special...
 
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Mar 21, 2014

A Camillia Bouquet...

Usually our Camellia
have some damage from frosty nights,
a little brown around the edges...
 
so I consider them to be
a nice colorful bush for the garden,
not something for flowers
to be plucked from...
 
with such nice weather
this year was different...
 

so pluck I did...
 
I have never made a Camellia bouquet
and found the best way was with floral oasis...
 


 
because they were so pretty...
 
and they felt a little vain,
I set them in front of a mirror...
 

 
I love the dreamy feel,
the distortion this old mirror creates...


sprigs of Flowering Plum
where tucked in
to soften it up...
 



 
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Mar 19, 2014

Are you Ready for a SPRING Garden Walk?

 
Happy Spring!
 
 We have been having
a Beautiful Spring,
so far...
 

I would love to take you
on a walk around the garden...
 
come on we'll head to the back...
 


 
Hyacinths are the smell of Spring
to me...
 
each year I buy blooming pots
to keep them in the house,
and when the blooms are spent,
plant them in the garden...
 
so now I am lucky to have
lots of Hyacinths...
 



the Tete-a Tete are blooming
with their companion
flowers Anemone...
(a close up of the Anemone is a couple pics down)
 

 
we may be having a nice Spring...
 
but this is the Northwest
and everything is mud splattered...
 


 
the Anemone...
 


 
the first Daffodil popped....
 

 
Muscari,
or as commonly known
Grape Hyacinth...
 
are very common here...
 
so common that when I moved here
and started landscaping
my barren at the time yard,
a neighbor brought a grocery sack full of bulbs...
 


I cheated on Mother Nature
a bit,
and added some potted Tulips
to my back garden...
 
 
I prefer adding bulbs
this way,
 
because,
 I can never decide where to plant them in the fall
when the Spring flowers
are only a memory...
 


this Spring we have had very little frost,
so the Camellia
are looking the best I have ever seen...
 
 
usually they get quite
a bit of frostbite...
 







this New Dawn Viburnum
is new to me and still in the nursery pot...
 
the Hummingbirds
are thrilled with the new addition...
 


the Anna's Hummingbird
 is a year round residence here...
 
 
and this King Edward Flowering Currant,
is the first natural source of food
 for them in my garden....
 
 
the Currant Trees also
grow wild in the foothills nearby...
 


a close-up...
 


 
pink flowering Thundercloud Plum Trees
and nearly blue skies....
 



the White Magnolia
against a glorious blue sky...
 
 
The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle
And the hills the greenest green, in Seattle
Like a beautiful child, growing up, free an' wild
Full of hopes an' full of fears, full of laughter, full of tears
Full of dreams to last the years, in Seattle
. . . in Seattle!
                             Perry Como
 
I think this is only true,
because when we see blue skies
we notice,
haha...

 

 
a garden companion
coming in for a song and a bath...


the evening serenaders
have laid their eggs
on the aquatic Celery...
 
these will be Pacific Green Tree Frogs...
 


cheerful Primrose...
 


 
Rockcress,
spilling out of it's mud splattered white pot...
 

 
 I hope you have enjoyed
walking with me in the garden,
 
I was so glad to have you along....
 
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Mar 18, 2014

Bottles and Blooms...

 I think few things are more cherished,
by my heart...
 
than the first blooms of Spring...
 


after a Winter of fragrance free
grocery store Roses,
 
my nose is doing somersaults...
 

 
a few blooms tucked
in bottles....
 
a carefree easy bouquets...




Fragrant Daffodils,
plucked from my front porch planter...
 


 
Hyacinth
are the quintessential smell of spring
for me....
 
how about you?



 
Spring is Sweet,
Drink It Up...
 
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