Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bloomin' great!

After the big Indiana Hoosier loss to Kentucky last night, the skies opened up and it rained all washed away our sadness....and we greeted the day with some filtered sunlight. We shook off the depression and went outside to check the day. Ryan's plantings are looking great! Our first blooms on our lily were pretty exciting!

The entire bed is not very organized, with daffodils popping up all over the place, and little teeny tiny shoots from peonies and hydrangea, and we even broke off the dead old bits of Russian Sage and it is even burrowing its way out from the earth and we see vibrant green little branches making their way into this world!

Lanie thinks the nice cool mulch is just delightful for nest making. At least she is not making a nest in our little herb garden!

Even the stalks of Rosa Rugosa from Nany and Papa are springing to life --- the dead looking stalks stuck in the ground have teeny tiny little green buds, and if you look at the earth surrounding them, you will see little patches of leaves, brand new growth! It is so wet out right now, I don't think I can get a picture, but will put one in the next couple of days --- I'm sure we'll have even more growth then.

It is so fun to watch Ryan choose the plants, work to put them in the ground, water them daily or so, and then to see his look of delight with a new bloom --- the lilies had that effect this morning, and I can't wait for him to get to harvest his vegetable garden.... well, if we ever get around to planting it!

Saw this quote the other day, and thought it was very appropriate for these beautiful spring days.....
"When I bought my farm, I did not know what a bargain I had in the bluebirds, daffodils and thrushes; as little did I know what sublime mornings and sunsets I was buying."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy your day, we sure will!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is here!

We have had such beautiful weather in the last couple of weeks, and suddenly everything is beautiful and blooming! Our moving crisis has been averted (for a while at least), so we are getting busy planting in the yard.....

The Yoshino cherry trees look so pretty with their soft pink flowers flanking the driveway.

The roses are starting to grow like crazy (Ryan trimmed them first), and we have planted some other types of roses --- mainly climbers (Eden Rose and New Dawn -these will be behind the fence posts --- hopefully we can train them over the fence).

Forest redbud pansy:
Ryan's plantings.... daffodils, hydrangea, peonies, gardenias, and even some tomatoes.... yum....


New Dawn Rose --- just starting to grow....

Hydrangea: Starting to come back to life....

We have also planted some blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and peonies....Of course the kids planted seeds for a vegetable gardens, but they were just too early and I think we'll have to plants that stuff again!

So nice to see some green and color... finally!